Race, Ethnicity, and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Hardcover)

Race, Ethnicity, and the COVID-19 Pandemic By Melvin Thomas (Editor), Loren Henderson (Editor), Hayward Derrick Horton (Editor) Cover Image

Race, Ethnicity, and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Hardcover)

By Melvin Thomas (Editor), Loren Henderson (Editor), Hayward Derrick Horton (Editor)

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The first authoritative source on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for racial and ethnic minorities.

To understand racial disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths, we must first understand how they are linked to racial inequality. In the United States, the material advantages afforded by whiteness lead to lower rates of infections and deaths from COVID-19 when compared to the rates among Black, Latino, and Native American populations. Most experts point to differences in population density, underlying health conditions, and proportions of essential workers as the primary determinants in the levels of COVID-19 deaths.

The national response to the pandemic has laid bare the fundamentals of a racialized social structure. Assembled by a prestigious group of sociologists, this volume examines how particularly during the first year of COVID-19, the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic led to different and poorer outcomes for Black, Latino, and Native American populations. While color-blindness shaped national discussions on essential workers, charity, and differential mortality, minorities were overwhelmingly affected. The essays in this collection provide a mix of critical examination of the progress and direction of our COVID-19 response, personal accounts of the stark difference in care and outcomes for minorities throughout the United States, and offer recommendations to create a foundation for future response and research during the critical early days.
Melvin E. Thomas is professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. He is a past president of the Association of Black Sociologists and is currently coeditor of the journal Issues in Race and Society.

Loren Henderson is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Hayward Derrick Horton is an associate professor of sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY and is currently coeditor of the journal Issues in Race and Society.
Product Details ISBN: 9781947602878
ISBN-10: 194760287X
Publisher: University of Cincinnati Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2023
Pages: 400