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How the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deaths that occurred during the acute phase of the pandemic (2020-2021), will be remembered is yet to be determined. Writing from a UK perspective, this short article reflects on the way in which memory, narratives and death are constructed, contested, and (re)produced. Drawing on the authors’ respective sociological sub-fields, it makes a case for an ongoing sociological appraisal of emergent COVID-19 narratives, that can encompass and intertwine understandings of temporality, accountability and loss.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)700-705
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Early online date31 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • COVID-19
  • death
  • memory
  • narrative
  • pandemic
  • temporality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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