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The data gaps of the pandemic: data poverty and forms of invisibility

Milan, Stefania and Treré, Emiliano ORCID: 2022. The data gaps of the pandemic: data poverty and forms of invisibility. Bringel, Breno and Pleyers, Geoffrey, eds. Social Movements and Politics During COVID-19: Crisis, Solidarity and Change in a Global Pandemic, Bristol: Bristol University Press, 78–85. (10.51952/9781529217254.ch009)

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Since the COVID-19 virus was first identified in mainland China at the end of 2019, the pandemic has affected an exceptionally high portion of the world population. Not surprisingly, numbers are at the very core of the narration of the pandemic. Figures of various kinds fill the news, accounting for the death toll, the progress of population testing, the growth of individuals who tested positive for the virus and the saturation of intensive care units, among others. These numbers contribute to making the problem ‘amenable to thought’, and thus serve as ‘both representation and intervention’ (Osborne and Rose, 2004). As such, they shape both governmental action and the popular response to it.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Bristol University Press
ISBN: 9781529217254
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2023 16:00

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