Covid19 Pandemic Chronicles2020-11-26T11:32:19+00:00

The denationalisation of COVID-19: third culture experiences

The denationalisation of COVID-19: third culture experiences By Matthew Short The way we have been experiencing the pandemic has become culturally constructed in a very interesting way. On the one hand we are driven to create habits, behaviours, beliefs, and understandings based on the national structures within which we are directly moving. Then, on the other hand, we are made aware of news from elsewhere, of strategies adopted by other countries, of the experiences our friends living somewhere else are going through. Typically, this latter awareness and cultural sense can have a limited impact on our lives. It may not directly affect our being in the environments we have to move around. Yet, as the world becomes more globalised, and cultural and national identities become more fluid, there are swathes of [...]

December 18th, 2020|

COVID-19 and packaged products: increasing food and plastic waste

COVID-19 and packaged products: increasing food and plastic waste By Hüseyin ERBAS With the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping priorities of the consumer have also changed, like many things that have now changed in our daily life. While the price and quality were two of the biggest factors determining product preference before the pandemic, another factor came into play with the outbreak: the risk of becoming infected. While consumers prefer some products to help ward off COVID-19, they avoid other products that they think will increase the risk of getting sick. One of the questions we asked participants in our project -- to examine the changing shopping behavior of consumers amid COVID-19-- was related to their changing shopping priorities. Most of the participants stated that they bought unpacked vegetables and fruits from the grocery [...]

December 3rd, 2020|

Invaded vs Uninvaded Bodies in Pandemic: What if I have coronavirus?

Invaded vs Uninvaded Bodies in Pandemic: What if I have the coronavirus? A Short Cultural Analysis of Anxiety, Preparedness, and Following Others with Coronavirus on Social Media in Corona Times Author: Sahra Rosenkvist & Editor: Matthew Short Knowing others’ experiences has been very interesting for humankind for a long time. With the current pandemic situation, we have been reading about the symptoms that people with coronavirus have, watching YouTube videos of people who have had coronavirus in their bodies, reading blog posts about their experiences with the virus, following these stories on social media day by day. Lots of people then start to show corona-like symptoms because of the psychological effects of this pandemic even though they do not carry the virus or they are not sick at all. What ifs, anxiety, [...]

November 26th, 2020|

Is the age of digital entertainment coming?

Is the age of digital entertainment coming? By Fanyi Yang* During the COVID-19 outbreak, the entertainment habits of individuals across different regions varied due to different policies. Behind these individual differences, however, we can find some commonalities in entertainment life. This article will discuss the possibilities of digital entertainment in the pandemic through my interviews with two people living in Sweden and two people living in China. People are actively looking for alternatives to their original entertainment activities and try to adapt their entertainment activities to the current pandemic situation. During the pandemic, due to the restrictions of laws and regulations, many offline entertainment activities with large groups could not be continued. People began to find reasonable alternatives for entertainment such as small-scale activities with friends at home or digital entertainment [...]

November 17th, 2020|

Are our shopping habits now part of the our “new normal”? 

Are our shopping habits now part of the "new normal"? By Hüseyin ERBAS*  The cheek kiss is still a ritual in some cultures, although it is less now common in European societies. It was a ritual practiced more frequently before the Spanish flu in 1918. After the Spanish flu pandemic, handshaking replaced cheek kissing and this new ritual became the ''new normal'' (Birnbaum, Harlan, Rolfe, 2020). COVID-19 pandemic has affected our everyday lives and behaviors. Today, handshaking has now been replaced by waving and elbow bumping and these have recurred again as greeting gestures within our ''new normal'' everyday behaviors during COVID-19. Not only do extraordinary situations change our greeting rituals, they also change our shopping behaviors. With the COVID-19  pandemic, consumers gained new shopping habits that they would never have [...]

November 11th, 2020|

Travelling in Corona times: Part One

Travelling in Corona times, Part One Author: Sahra Rosenkvist & Editor: Matthew Short Note from the author This is an excerpt taken from my experience and demonstrates how we can utilize field journals and autoethnography as a method for understanding the essence of doing things and how humans interact with the world around them. 23rd of July, 2020 I am on my way to the train station in Helsingborg, less than a half-hour until the train leaves for Copenhagen Airport. I am returning to Turkey for the first time in a year and it happens to be during the Corona era. It is very hard for me to travel in such a stressful time with the virus outbreak. I feel nervous, I want to go and see my family and have a [...]

October 29th, 2020|

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