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Virological Witch Hunts:Coronavirus and Social Control under Quarantine in Bergamo, Italy

Bresciani, Chiara; Hughes, Geoffrey;
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  • Published: 22 Apr 2020
  • Country: Denmark
Compilations of video clips of Italian mayors berating citizens breaking quarantine to walk dogs, jog, or play ping pong have become something of a ‘viral’ sensation both in Italy and globally. The clips are often amusing, featuring politicians accusing their constituents of vanity, incontinence, and other assorted sins. As anthropologists interested in the politics of accusation , these small-scale disputes allow us to think through the sorts of political horizons that the novel coronavirus is bringing into being. As the virus spreads, we seek to track the sorts of accusations that spread with it as they provoke what we call virological witch hunts. Unlike the ...
free text keywords: Social control, Surveillance Culture, accusations, Blame, witch hunts, Quarantine, Shame, untori, Medical anthropology, social epidemiology, Moral anthropology, Anthropology of morality, Italy, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, anthropology of coronavirus
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