Sociologica. V.15 N.2 (2021), 189–189
ISSN 1971-8853

Corrigendum: Seeking Shelter: How Housing and Urban Exclusion Shape Exurban Disaster

Miriam GreenbergUniversity of California Santa Cruz (United States)

Miriam Greenberg is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and is the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008); Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014), co-authored with Kevin Fox Gotham; and The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Tactics in an Urban Age, co-edited with Penny Lewis (Cornell, 2017). She has also undertaken engaged, public-facing research projects exploring urban and environmental justice issues in California, including the Critical Sustainabilities project, on competing discourses of urban development in California, which can be found at:, and (with Steve McKay) the project No Place Like Home, on the origins and experience of the affordable housing crisis in Santa Cruz County, which can be found at: She is currently developing a new research project bridging urban, environmental, and indigenous studies to understand the role of California’s affordable housing crisis in driving growth of the wildlands urban interface [WUI], and with this, impacts in terms of habitat fragmentation, wildfire risk, extreme commuting, greenhouse gas emissions, and the loss of rural and indigenous lands.

Published: 2021-05-15

This Corrigendum regards the article Greenberg, M. (2021). Seeking Shelter: How Housing and Urban Exclusion Shape Exurban Disaster. Sociologica, 15(1), 67–89.

The established scientific opinion at the time of publication — from the World Health Organization, Lancet, and others cited in this article — was that Covid 19 was a zoonotic disease likely spread by bats, in line with SARS, MERS, Asian swine flu, and other coronaviruses. Soon after, new evidence emerged that a lab leak in Wuhan may have been responsible in this case, yet with research into this still inconclusive and contested. Setting this unresolved case aside, however, there is still broad consensus that increasing contact across the wildlife-livestock-human interface is both generating and spreading infectious disease, particularly in rapidly urbanizing areas, and contributing to the new “pandemic age,” as discussed in this article.

The article is therefore amended on 2021-09-30 to add qualifiers when bats are mentioned in the case of Covid-19.