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Building Cooperation: New relations of Stigma and Mutuality in the UK’s Covid-19 Recovery with Professor Laura Bear & Nikita Simpson

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A Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 Seminar with Professor Laura Bear & Nikita Simpson: 'Building Cooperation: New Relations of Stigma and Mutuality in the UK’s Covid-19 Recovery'.

This seminar is part of the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in Covid-19 Seminar Series, and is organised by the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 Research Project, funded by the UKRI-AHRC “Ideas to Address COVID” rapid response grant.

Building Cooperation: New Relations of Stigma and Mutuality in the UK’s Covid-19 Recovery.

Throughout the pandemic, the general population alongside policymakers have faced extreme uncertainty. Without a full picture of the virus and how it spreads, there has been much speculation about Covid-19 transmission and how to prevent it. These new perceptions of risk can work to polarise, exclude and stigmatise certain groups or individuals, compounding existing stereotypes and forms of historical exclusion. Drawing on ethnographic insights particularly from Leicester and Ealing, Prof. Laura Bear and Nikita Simpson explore how these new relations of stigma have emerged in the UK during the pandemic. They consider how stigma has played out in relation to people from minoritised groups, essential workers and those living in multigenerational households and its damaging effects on mental health, wellbeing and social cohesion. They present some suggestions for tackling such stigma in the recovery from Covid-19.

Laura Bear is professor of anthropology at the LSE, and a participant in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours, the ethnicity subgroup of Sage and Independent Sage. She leads the LSE Covid and Care research group.

Nikita Simpson is an anthropologist who’s PhD (LSE) focused on stigma, mental distress and illness amongst tribal women in Northern India. She is coordinator of the LSE’s Covid and Care research group, and Joint-Head of Research at the SHM Foundation.

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Organized in collaboration with the Wellcome funded Shame and Medicine Project.


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