Crises that stem from the coronavirus pandemic suggest what may be sweeping changes in social, economic, political, and cultural patterns. Requirements of lock down and social distancing aimed at limiting consequences of the disease for public health may foreshadow lasting transformations in deeply rooted expectations, practices, and institutions as well as their material frameworks. For example, the kinds of office work now typically done in large, urban buildings could be permanently reconfigured as online tasks managed in people’s homes and apartments. Will Covid-19 become a generation-shaping event, an occasion for world societies to question and reform their basic arrangements? Or will the experience be remembered as a mere bump in the road, a brief detour on a pathway that leads to restoration of familiar (although admittedly problematic) features of modernity?
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