The COVID-19 and Social Sciences: Seeing from the Global South


Penerbit UM (First Printing, 2022)
223 pages including Index


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The COVID-19 and Social Sciences: Seeing from the Global South illustrates the stories, and actions of people who have chosen hope and action over despair and inaction during the COVID-19 pandemic from an Asian perspective. This is so important as the decolonisation of health and helping professions build momentum so that the world can continue to learn diverse ways of dealing with this global pandemic permeating every corner of the world. This can undoubtedly help engage in what the United Nations has referred to as a “creative dialogue” with nations, non-governmental organisations, as well as Indigenous peoples and marginalised groups most adversely affected by the coronavirus, a pandemic that has descended upon the world almost literally like a plague, to move toward a socially just world, constructed from the pillars of human rights.

The human condition moves toward altruism in times of emergency, if not disaster. The 9/11 debacle in the United States is a testimony to that, as firefighters, health professionals, and ordinary people, went to extremes, putting their lives at risk to help those most unfortunate victims of terrorism. The same case is with Covid-19. But, here, setting aside the issue of state-sponsored terrorism for the moment, the saboteur is a virus, invisible at least to the naked eye, arguably emanating from remote environments, if not exotic animals, which we have no choice but to reckon with. Failure to do so will result in death, violating a most fundamental human right, the right to life, as espoused in Article 3 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document increasingly referred to as customary international law all nations must abide. Indeed, to honour all aid and health workers who continue to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need, the world has once again celebrated World Humanitarian Day, on August 19. It was first celebrated in honour of Sergio Viera de Mello, a former U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights, who died in the line of duty in 2002. That day is a universal “thank you” for helpers’ tireless efforts. |

In 2020, with the persistence of the onslaught of the coronavirus, it was time to fully realise that humans are not selfish “by nature,” that we will always have wars, destruction and pestilence, each person individually trying to maximise profit in mega enterprises at the expense of the common good. These individuals are regulated only by an “invisible hand,” as the economist Adam Smith had argued. It is a matter of human choice to hope, help and have even a pathological belief in the impossible or to despair, to look the other way, and cave into circumstance and horror.

Preface: A Bioethical Note
Editorial Note

Part One: Conceptual Understanding of the 2020 Pandemic

1. Can Reciprocity be the Central Theme for Social Science in the New Normal?
Jahid Siraz Chowdhury, Haris Abd Wahab and Rashid Mohd Saad

2. Globalisation and Consumer Culture: Social Costs and Political Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Christopher Ryan Maboloc

3. Should We Speak for an Alternative Economy in this Anthropocene/Capitalocene Era?
Mohd Rashid Mohd Saad

4. Looking Inside and Outside the Mask: The 2020 Pandemic in the South
Mokbul Morshed Ahmad

Part Two: Seeing the 2020 Pandemic from Empirical Eyes

5. The Livelihood Disruption and Health Challenges During COVID-19 Among People Living with HIV/Aids: A Case Study in Malaysia
Sarasuphadi Munusamy and Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil

6. Post COVID-19: A New Normal for Education in Malaysia
Teo Yi Sin and Rafiza Abdul Razak

7. Image Construction of Overseas Chinese Students in Malaysia during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Xing Jing, Jahid Siraz Chowdhury, Haris Abd Wahab and Rashid Mohd Saad

8. Lifestyle is the Medicine for a Healthy Society
Porferia S. Poralan and Rogelio P. Bayod

9. Crisis in the Midst of a Middle-income Trap: The case of COVID-19 Outbreak in Thailand in 2020
Mokbul Morshed Ahmad

10. Volunteering for Academicians
Jahid Siraz Chowdhury, Haris Abd Wahab, Rashid Mohd Saad and Parimal Kumar Roy

11. Coping with the Indonesian Female Migrant Labourer in Malaysia During COVID-19: A Way for the New Normal
Aqsa Qandeel

12. COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies and Implications for the Bangladesh Garment Industry
Md Aynul Hoque, Fumitaka Furuoka, Shafiqul Alam, Md Mahbubur Rahman Siddique, Rajah Rasiah and Sameer Kumar

13. Roleof Social Work in Responding to Public Health Emergency in Mainland China: From SARS to COVID-19
Hong Shanshan, Rosila Bee Mohd Hussain and Danny Wong Tze Ken


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