Cultures of rejection in the Covid-19 crisis

Benjamin Opratko, Manuela Bojadzijev, Sanja Bojanic, Irena Fiket, Alexander Harder, Stefan Jonsson, Mirjana Necak, Anders Neegard, Celina Soto, Gazela Pudar Drasko, Birgit Sauer, Kristina Stojanovic Cehajic

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This article offers a collectively developed analysis of the Covid-19 crisis as it relates to contemporary cultures of rejection, i.e. the socio-cultural conditions in which authoritarian and right-wing populist politics thrive, in Europe. We explore how the pandemic and its management reinforces, transforms and/or overrides existing antagonisms and institutes new ones in Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Germany and Sweden. We discuss how the Covid-19 crisis affects the rise of new statisms; gendered patterns of social reproduction; mobility and migration; digital infrastructures; and new political mobilizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-905
Number of pages13
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 506016 Migration policy


  • Covid-19
  • Cultures of rejection
  • crisis
  • migration
  • protest
  • racism

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