Announcing 'I Know Who Caused COVID-19': Pandemics and Xenophobia

A timely, cogent exploration of how COVID-19 has increased prejudice and xenophobia, this book will be essential reading for anyone wanting to find out more about the societal impact of the pandemic.

It is perhaps too early to assess exactly the lasting impact of COVID- 19 on the world. So far, it has caused two and a half million deaths worldwide and ground economies to a halt. But what about the longterm consequences of the virus on attitudes in society?

In this fascinating new book, Zhou Xun and Sander L. Gilman explore the prejudice towards groups who are thought to have caused and spread the COVID-19 virus.

Broken into four cases, they look at:
  • The residents of Wuhan, China
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the USA, Britain, and Israel
  • African-Americans in the United States and BAME communities in Britain
  • ‘White’ right-wing groups in America and Europe

The book examines stereotyping and the false attribution of blame towards these groups, as well as what happens when a collective is actually at fault, and how the community deals with these conflicting issues.

This is an excoriating examination of blame and xenophobia, brought to the surface by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zhou Xun is Reader in Modern History at the University of Essex. She has published widely on health, nutrition and ethnicity, and her latest book is The People’s Health: Health Intervention and Delivery in Mao’s China, 1949-1983 (2020).

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. His latest book is Stand Up Straight!: A History of Posture (2018).