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The Two Singapores: From the Worker’s View

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“The Two Singapores” is an ongoing interview miniseries run by Somatosphere to interrogate Singapore’s COVID-19 response, in particular in its handling of the explosion of cases among migrant workers living in cramped dormitories. The series aims to shed a light on Singapore’s reliance on cheap migrant labor in maintaining its image as a glitzy, cosmopolitan city-state, and aims to offer

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The Two Singapores: On The Ground (from Home)

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“The Two Singapores” is an ongoing interview miniseries run by Somatosphere to interrogate Singapore’s COVID-19 response, in particular in its handling of the explosion of cases among migrant workers living in cramped dormitories. The series aims to shed a light on Singapore’s reliance on cheap migrant labor in maintaining its image as a glitzy, cosmopolitan city-state, and aims to offer

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Enlisted Laborers of Public Health: overlaps in the work of soldiers in historical perspective

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In April, a friend relayed her experience of getting a test for COVID-19 at a drive-through site at a university in Rhode Island, describing “dozens of camouflaged National Guard soldiers directing grim-faced drivers.” After more than 12 days of persistent fever and two conversations with her doctor, she reported as instructed, alone in her car, and held her ID up …

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Open Letter to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley

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Author’s Note: Now, more than ever, we need to reach out to our political representatives in order to enact changes to our healthcare system, employment protections, and federally managed and financed programs and policies that have been designed to disadvantage Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color. The following letter is intended as an example and has been mailed

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Cues for Ethnography in Pandamning Times: Thinking with Digital Sociality in the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Covid-19 has made the world strange. For many, efforts to stall the pandemic have initiated an unprecedented enclosure of our lives within the familiar walls of our homes, while simultaneously increasing our reliance on digital media to maintain personal and professional connections. This reordering of social worlds and blurring of boundaries between our public lives and private spaces raises a …

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“It can be seen” – COVID-19’s Disasters for Workers

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Ethiopia, where I am currently doing dissertation fieldwork, reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, 2020. But for runners who work in transnational sport, COVID-19 had entered the country two months earlier. 

In January, long before the Olympics, the Boston Marathon, the NBA season, and many other major sporting events were cancelled or postponed, a number of sub-elite …