Panel participants: Glenn Muschert, Professor of Sociology at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
In the summer of 2020, The Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) released two rapid-response digital volumes: Social Problems in the Age of COVID‐19 to clarify the far-reaching effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic on an array of national and global social problems, from mass incarceration, isolation and inequality in education, and access to mental health care, to precarious and crowded housing and homelessness, unemployment, workplace closures, and exposure risk.
As social scientists, sociologists who study social problems are guided by a clear and simple directive: reduce human suffering. COVID-19, the disease and its attendant policies has not only intensified human suffering, it has laid bare a host of institutional failures—the building blocks of a healthy society and the structures upon which life depends. Though the full effects of the pandemic are not yet known, Social Problems in the Age of COVID‐19 recognizes the vital need for rigorous research to inform social problems solutions, identify their root cause, and chart a realistic and effective policy response.
Please join the Center for Social Science Research on January 28, 2021 (12:00-1:15 EST) for a lively conversation with SSSP Justice 21 Committee members, Kristen Budd, David Lane, Glenn Muschert, Jason Smith and SSSP President Corey Dolgon as they offer sociological insight and understanding of COVID-19’s impact on social problems, both old and new, and offer recommendations for action by citizens, elected officials, policy makers, and the public.