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Type: Journal article
Title: Pandemic morality-in-action: Accounting for social action during the COVID-19 pandemic
Author: Ekberg, K.
Ekberg, S.
Weinglass, L.
Danby, S.
Citation: Discourse and Society: an international journal for the study of discourse and communication in their social, political and cultural contexts, 2021; 32(6):666-688
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 0957-9265
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Katie Ekberg, Stuart Ekberg, Lara Weinglass, Susan Danby
Abstract: Global health pandemics (such as COVID-19) can result in rapid changes to sanctionable behaviour, impacting society and culture in a multitude of ways. This study examined how pandemic culture and accompanying moral order was produced within and through social interaction during the first and second waves of COVID-19 in Australia. The data consisted of a corpus of 29 video-recorded paediatric palliative care consultations and were analysed using conversation analysis. Analysis showed how adherence to pandemic rules became morally expected, and moral concerns about actual or potential violations to these rules became relevant in and through social interaction during this period. The COVID-19 pandemic provided a natural experiment for how accountable actions and a moral order are negotiated in and through our social interactions when our taken-for-granted ‘natural facts of life’ change in response to a global public health crisis.
Keywords: Conversation analysis; COVID-19, culture; morality; pandemic; social interaction
Description: First Published June 10, 2021
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021
DOI: 10.1177/09579265211023232
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