A Post Structuralist Inquiry into Pandemic and Politics: Why Method Matters?

Pandemic politics, Post Structuralism, Philosophical Method, COVID-19, Research Method, Biopolitics, Governmentality

Authors

  • Md. Mufassir Rashid
    mufassir.emil199@gmail.com
    M.S.S in International Political Economy (Ongoing), Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka.
December 2, 2020

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COVID-19 pandemic as a phenomenon has emerged as an area of interest for researchers. Social scientists of all discipline are now trying to provide understanding of this phenomenon from their own perspective. As a result, scientists are relying on different methods to understand this pandemic. Again, events such as coercive lockdown, USA’s withdrawal from WHO, authoritarian turn of democratic governmentality are also allowing skeptics to call for a ‘rethink’ of the Phenomenon, where many philosophical methods become relevant such as structuralism, dialectics and post structuralism etc. This paper will attempt to provide a post structuralist inquiry into Pandemic and politics that is currently going on. In order to do so, this paper will shade light on ‘why method (Philosophical) matters?” and provide an ‘alternative’ perspective of Pandemic and politics that challenges our existing interpretations.