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Testing times: Viral surveillance and social control in post-lockdown societies

UCD School of Sociology's Dr Seán L'Estrange has recently had an article published in the (opens in a new window)Irish Journal of Sociology (IJS).  The article is titled Testing times: Viral Surveillance and social control in post-lockdown societies..


Covid-19 testing is less a bio-medical intervention targeting individual health than an exercise in data-gathering and surveillance on a micro-organism hosted by human bodies. This Debates piece identifies some of the social implications of Covid-19 testing and tracing regimes and the questions they raise in the context of the regulated resumption of social life in liberal-democratic societies in the wake of the generalised lockdowns of March-May 2020.   

(opens in a new window)Link to the IJS article.

Dr L'Estrange has been a notable commentator on Covid-19 testing and has been quoted in several newspaper articles on the subject since lockdowns were imposed in March 2020 including:

The IJS editorial team is made up of academics from the UCD School of Sociology.

Editor-in-Chief: (opens in a new window)Dr. Mathew J. Creighton

Co-Editors: (opens in a new window)Thomas Grund(opens in a new window)Aogan Mulcahy(opens in a new window)Sara O'Sullivan


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