For just a few weeks we’ve all been living in a very different world. Sociologist and Baptist Minister Sally Mann reflects on how her community in London’s East End are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, and where she sees glimmers of hope amidst the grief and isolation.
“It sounds like crisis, but also good news. And I think that’s what I’m experiencing. You know, real adversity but unlikely heroes just being the key to get this whole thing moving. And for me it’s an example of ‘soft power’ in our community. So, we are very used to harnessing the skills of people that may be overlooked in terms of offering solutions – I call that ‘soft power’ as a sociologist. It’s often those people at the grassroots, when they’re able to contribute and not just seen as people who need care, that we see the wheels turning again.”
“I’m kind of hoping and thinking that maybe some of the more helpful social policies which reinstate a sense of community – a sense that we need to care for the vulnerable – might happen at the end of this crisis.”