Sociological Analyses of Coronavirus from around the World

Stephanie Wilson  

July 2020 | US
Image by Edwin Hooper


On July 22nd of 2020 we posted some sociological observations of how the pandemic was playing out across the U.S. on our Instagram account. Feeling inspired by our observations, we asked our followers to share their observations from around the world. We were intrigued by the responses we received and decided to give them a permanent space on our website. 

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People in my community still don't believe it's real.

Park playground for children have opened back up and it's lovely to see families socializing again.

It is interesting to watch people navigate 6ft of personal space in both indoor and outdoor settings.

People using cloth instead of proper masks.

UK wise - general compliance, but rural ​areas (with more sense of community) appear more compliant. There is a worryingly 

growing movement of anti-maskers 

for which I'm sure globalisation is playing a massive role! Stay safe.

People are more strict in Zagreb (main city), less strict on our coast. Also, foreign tourists are more into masks than locals. (Croatia coast). 

Hello, I am an undergraduate in Seoul National, South Korea. My sociological knowledge and insight for this incident is petty, but I want to suggest a hypothesis. Korea is well-known country which dealt with COVID-19 well, and domestic scholars are stating that this (incomplete) success to the plague is because of the ‘big’ government. According to Ulrich Beck, This kind of risk is contemporary, not modern, and requires overall control for itself. Korea has well-established public hygeine system. All Koreans must be covered by national health insurance, making them not reluctant to go to doctors, resulting to alert mindset for their health. What I want to say is, people are inclined to rely on an authoritarian government. Korean people want government to shut down not only religious facilities, but also stores, pubs, and restraunts. I think that this means people weigh risk more than their political-economic freedom.

In this situation, left-wing government, which regards people’s positive right, could restrict their freedom (which is also right) for their subjective risks.

Added Later: Now I read my words, these look weird... it does not have any conclusion. I mean, left-wing government (which weigh equality more) goes authoritarian, and right-wing government (which weigh freedom more) cannot deal with those contemporary risks. That's my hypothesis. 

Folx in gyms were wearing masks. Order was issued exempting gyms, no masks now.


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