Martina Tazzioli

Martina Tazzioli is Lecturer in Politics & Technology at Goldsmiths. She is the author of The Making of Migration: The Biopoltics of Mobility at Europe's Borders, Spaces of Governmentality, and Tunisia as a Revolutionised Space of Migration. She is coeditor of Foucault and the History of our Present and Foucault and the Making of Subjects. She sits on the editorial board of Radical Philosophy and is an associate editor of Politics.

  • Unprecedented?

    Unprecedented?

    How COVID-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy

    William Davies, Sahil Jai Dutta, Nick Taylor, and Martina Tazzioli

    A critical and evidence-based account of the COVID-19 pandemic as a political–economic rupture, exposing underlying power struggles and social injustices.

    Unprecedented? tells the story of the COVID-19 pandemic as one of political–economic rupture, where the basic fabric of economic and political rules was torn up and underlying power struggles and social injustices were exposed. Focusing on the case of Britain, but with lessons for all countries, this book offers a critical and evidence-based account of unprecedented events.

    In early 2020, many of the most basic building blocks of capitalism were transformed in a matter of weeks, thanks to the novel coronavirus. Workplaces and schools were closed, governments took on unprecedented debt, and new technologies had to be rapidly procured and rolled out in an effort to achieve control over the pandemic. Meanwhile, lurking inequalities—of class, race, gender, and geography—were deepened and exposed in new ways, and populations became dependent on murky alliances between states and corporate contractors. Exceptional profits were reaped by some, while large sections of society teetered on the edge of destitution and despair.

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