Blog | Themenschwerpunkt Corona

1. Februar 2021

Apart Yet So Close – A report on Cairo’s Pandemic Experience

The Coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on cities and populations all over the world. Although the virus itself is only a tiny, invisible thing, it has set a challenge for humanity: public spaces in cities have become empty, airports are closed, prayers have been cancelled and people are told to stay home for the first time in our lifetime. As cities are not meant to only satisfy basic human needs but provide crucial physical and social environments for human interaction, the changes the virus has brought to urban spaces have left stark impressions on their inhabitants and vice versa. Our daily habits influence our lives, and the way we act and interact reforms our built environment.

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21. Dezember 2020

Leaving the house to talk in private. How COVID19 restrictions affected how and where we find someone to talk to.

Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland

Talja Blokland, Robert Vief and Daniela Krüger ask how the political measures to slow down the coronavirus, especially by not meeting other people, affected how people organised their support for challenges they faced. Drawing on representative survey results from four neighbourhoods in Berlin in both 2019 and 2020, they show that, before the lockdown, a majority of their respondents communicated face-to-face to confront their most pressing personal challenges and did so outside of their home. Under COVID19 restrictions, digital exchanges became more important – but curiously, they did not make us stay home.

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21. Dezember 2020

More than jobs and making money

Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland

The Corona-lockdown has severely affected retail, as economic analysts show. Whether true or not, the Berlin department stores of Karstadt seemed to use the lockdown to explain its crisis when its planned closures made the news in October 2020. The debate after Karstadt’s announcement of closures on the need to save the department stores from […]

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19. September 2020

Dancing in the Dark

Written by Gilles Verpraet. The Corona crisis will change our conditions of observation. The clarification of sociological positioning for observation and interpretation requires a heuristic of subjectivity. Two main figures are shaping this heuristic: the suffering body and the virtual body, connected as well as elaborated through dense internet practices. On the basis of this […]

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4. Juni 2020

Shifting b/orders in times of the pandemic

In a nutshell, the measures taken to stem the Covid-19 disease consist basically in the drawing of new and the thickening of existing borders. The strategy of bordering practices, as Norbert Cyrus & Peter Ulrich summarize these interventions against the spread of the Corona virus, was pursued first time in Wuhan, China: The right to leave and enter the city area had been restricted and movements across city borders became the subject of surveillance. Also, within the city area, the citizens’ freedom of movement was strictly restricted by imposing a curfew. Moreover, access to stores and working places was only allowed under certain restrictions.

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6. Mai 2020

Nur weil wir es tun müssen, heißt das nicht, dass es richtig ist: warum #stayathome nicht zu einem moralischen Imperativ und soziale Isolation nicht zu einer Gewöhnung werden sollte

Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland

Talja Blokland, Daniela Krüger und Robert Vief untersuchen die derzeit unter Corona entstehenden Einschränkungen der Möglichkeiten soziale Unterstützung zu erhalten. Sie argumentieren, dass die politischen Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Virus die Art und Weise regulieren, wie wir miteinander in Kontakt treten und mit anderen Menschen kommunizieren. Auf der Grundlage repräsentativer Umfrageergebnisse aus vier verschiedenen Berliner Stadtvierteln zeigen sie, dass noch vor einem Jahr (1) die Mehrheit der Befragten drängenden Problemen mittels face-to-face Kommunikation begegnete – und zwar mehrheitlich außerhalb ihrer Wohnung; sowie, dass (2) die Reduzierung der Kommunikation auf den digitalen Austausch mit hohen Kosten verbunden ist und die Begegnung in persona nicht ersetzen kann.

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22. April 2020

Stadt und Menschenansammlungen in Zeiten des Coronavirus: Anmerkungen zu Brasilien.

Robertha Georgya de Barros e Silva

Robertha Barros und Paulo Victor Melo schreiben über soziale Ungleichheit in Brasilien in Zeiten der Corona-Krise. Sie plädieren dafür, die Krise als Chance zum Umverteilen und Umdenken zu nutzen.

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6. April 2020

Learning to Dance: Social Distancing und die Refiguration der Interaktionsordnung

Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch

Die Corona-Krise stellt nicht nur eine gesellschaftliche Herausforderung dar; sie ist auch eine soziologische Herausforderung: Was geschieht gerade in und mit der Gesellschaft? Auch wenn derzeit Expertisen aus Medizin und Epidemiologie gefragt sind, so müssen wir uns fragen, was die Corona-Krise soziologisch bedeutet, und damit, was wir zu ihrer Bewältigung beitragen können.

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