Social Sciences, Vol. 11, Pages 346: Imagining the Publish-COVID-19 Polity: Narratives of Doable Futures
Social Sciences doi: 10.3390/socsci11080346
James White McAuley
Paul W. Nesbitt-Larking
The COVID-19 disaster is arguably crucial growth of the twenty first century up to now and takes its place alongside the good eruptions of the previous century. As with all disaster, the present pandemic has stimulated visions and proposals for post-COVID-19 societies. Our focus is on narratives&mdash;each predictive and prescriptive&mdash;that envisage post-COVID-19 political societies. Combining narrative evaluation with thematic evaluation, we argue that societal adjustments conditioned by the pandemic have accelerated a flip towards 5 inter-related developments: A renaissance in rationality and evidence-based science; a return to social equality and fairness, together with wage fairness and assured incomes; a reimagining of the interventionist state in response to crises within the economic system, society, the welfare state, and social order; a reorientation to the native and communitarian, with reference particularly to solidaristic mutual assist, neighborhood animation, native sourcing, and craft manufacturing; and the reinvention of democracy via deep participation and deliberative dialogical choice making. The empirical focus of our work is an evaluation of predominantly legacy media content material from the Canadian Periodicals Index associated to life after the pandemic and post-COVID-19 society.