This book starts out from the hypothesis that anthropologists, by mobilizing the specificity of their viewpoint, their links to the field, their concrete observation practices and their involvement in local social networks—family, professional, associative, and political—can come up with original analyses of the exceptional situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic. By rethinking their methodologies, anthropologists have been able to reconstitute singular, individual and collective coherences and open up new perspectives, both comparative and transversal. What are the figures of the therapeutic and punitive State, as protector and oppressor, that emerge from the health and economic crisis ? What subjective logics do they engender ? How, in the residential fields and territories, do the intimacies and existences metamorphose ? Romania, Algeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Colombia, China, France, Italy, Argentina have been selected here as exemplary cases of the scrambling, the contradictions and the catalyses in operation.

Contributors :
Annie Benveniste, Patience Biligha Tolane, Barbara
Casciarri, Camille Ciriez, Catherine Deschamps, Olivier
Douville, Ferdinando Fava, Jean-Paul Gonzalez, Wenjing
Guo, Lucie Gui, Antoine Heemeryck, Valeria Hernandez,
Véronique Hérand, Bernard Hours, Fatiha Kaoùes, Gaëlla
Loiseau, Mohamed Mebtoul, Federica Misturelli, Louis
Moreau de Bellaing, Pascale Phélinas, David Puaud, Agnès
Rémy, Monique Selim, Tassadit Yacine.