What is Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The ambition behind Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic is to produce a collective research archive and dedicated public platform. It seeks to document and report on the lived experiences and caring strategies of diverse people and groups across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, curated for our freely accessible online platform and producing an archive available for future sharing and reuse. Find out more about the project here.

Why do we need a sociological project on COVID-19?

We strongly believe that as the pandemic and its consequences unfold, the sociological imagination has a crucial to play, making sense of a rapidly changing social reality, and helping shape new futures. We want to facilitate this in real time. We have chosen to focus this project around ‘care’ in order to foreground the very different forms of care that are made invisible, ignored but are fundamental to our everyday life.

Who is funding this project?

The project is funded by the Sociological Review Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales (charity number 1161961) whose purpose is to advance the education of the public on the subject of sociology and related disciplines. As such, it is managed and overseen by a team drawn from within the Sociological Review—including staff employed by the Foundation, Trustees and Members of the journal’s editorial board. You can find out more about The Sociological Review here.

Has the project been through a process of ethical approval?

Conducted under the remit of the Foundation, there are no formal systems for us to gain ethical approval for the project. However, we have actively integrated ethical principles and practices into the design of the project including professional integrity, our relationships with those contributing to the project, data storage and archiving, and the ownership of contributions. You can find out more about this in our ethics statement.

Where can I find out more about how to contribute to the project?

All information about how to contribute to the project, including the information sheet and consent form, can be found here.

Can I choose for my contribution to be published online and not archived or vice versa?

Yes. No one will be obliged to permit their writing to become a research resource. All work on our micro-site will be published using CC-BY-NC-SA licence. This means that there is universal understanding that the copyright of the content belongs to the author, but that non-commercial reuse is permitted on the same terms on which it was originally licensed.

What is the difference between contributions published online and those contributions that are accepted for the archive only?

As the site will be a curated set of resources and reflections intending to help those accessing it ‘do care’ in their different communities, the project team will prioritise publication of those contributions that best serve that function. Other content will be added to the archive, building up a resource that can be consulted for years to come.

Are you considering peoples’ testimonies accepted for publication on the Solidarity and Care platform as sociological data?

We will not archive any contributions without prior consent from those taking part. However, we believe the kind of responses our call for contributions will generate, will serve important sociological functions and that in a time as unprecedented as this one. As such, we would like to add them to our archive for posterity. Our core values, as laid out in the manifesto of The Sociological Review, are driven by the belief that the sociological imagination has a crucial role to play in making sense of and interpreting contemporary social, economic, environmental and political transformation.

How will my contribution be attributed if I consent for it to appear online?

The project team will consult with contributors on a case-by-case basis about the appropriate attribution and acknowledgement of authorship.