Violence and Truth in 2022’s Epoch End: COVID-19 and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in the World Historical Context


  • Michael D. Kennedy Brown University



solidarity, pandemic, COVID-19, war, Russia, Ukraine, sociology


Objective: In this research article, I seek to explain the cultural logics and practices of narratives of global transformations and thereby demonstrate the significance of articulation and rearticulation in their constitution. I focus on cultural politics from within narratives – through the fall of 2022 – organising our sense of the COVID-19 pandemic on the one hand, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the other.

Research Design & Methods: This is a theoretical paper, with references to numerous Web articles, newspapaer articles, and some research volumes.

Findings: I conclude by reflecting on the ways in which these narratives can be rearticulated in order to develop a more global solidarity in the epoch end’s policy and practice.

Implications/Recommendations: This paper is relevant to the research into further interactions between wars and epidemics, as well as for researching the consequences of the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

Contribution/Value Added: This paper is original in presenting an insight into the connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the violence taking place in Ukraine as of February 24th, 2022.


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Author Biography

  • Michael D. Kennedy, Brown University

    Department of Sociology, Box 1916; Maxcy Hall,
    108 George Street, Inner Campus – Lower Green, Providence, RI 02912 USA


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2022-12-23 — Updated on 2022-12-31

How to Cite

Kennedy, M. D. (2022). Violence and Truth in 2022’s Epoch End: COVID-19 and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in the World Historical Context. Journal of Public Governance, 61(3), 5-24.