"Vad håller folk på med?": En studie av Coronaviruset, självreglering och kulturella stereotyper

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In the spring of 2020, the novel Corona virus was about to change everyday life in Finland.On March 12, the government recommended that people, if possible, should avoid goingto the office and instead work from home. Activities considered non-essential was restrictedin order to reduce the spread of the virus. On March 16, a state of emergency was declared.The normal rhythm and order of everyday life became unpredictable and chaotic, emptyshelves in grocery stores became headline news.The aim is to investigate how the virus resulted in new practices, routines and narrativesthat to some extent re-established a sense of cultural and existential order. Inspired by MaryDouglas, we show how routines such as going to the grocery store, taking the bus or was-hing hands became re-organized and charged with new cultural meaning; the virus resultedin intense attention to bodily practices and thus self-regulation. Furthermore, we discusshow Othering became integral in a narrative strive to regain a sense of control. The article is based on a questionnaire focusing on how Corona affected everyday lifein Finland. It was published on March 12 and some 350 answers were received in just undera week. Most of the answers are dated March 15, i.e. the day before a state of emergencywas declared
Original languageSwedish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalTidsskrift for kulturforskning
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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