‘We also need to exist somehow’ – families negotiating everyday ethics during Covid-19 in Denmark

Bidragets oversatte titel: "Vi er jo også nødt til at eksistere": Hverdagsetiske forhandlinger blandt familier i Danmark under Covid-19

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Abstract

In this article, we explore everyday ethical concerns associated with the Covid-19 lockdowns of Danish society as experienced by members of Danish middle-class families with one or more children living at home. Combining family theory with anthropological perspectives on ethics and morality, we discuss the pandemic’s ethical implications with a focus on how family obligations and shared family practices are accentuated and altered during a societal crisis and on how families navigate moral dilemmas of balancing family needs and norms with being a good citizen adapting to public guidelines and restrictions. The moral quandaries described by our informants suggest that moral and ethical expectations intersect and sometimes collide in the face of societal crisis, accentuating the different roles and responsibilities ascribed to us respectively as citizens and kin. Hence, periods of crisis bring attention to the interplay between societal histories, family morals and everyday family practices.
Bidragets oversatte titel"Vi er jo også nødt til at eksistere": Hverdagsetiske forhandlinger blandt familier i Danmark under Covid-19
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Family Studies
Vol/bind29
Nummer5
Sider (fra-til)2294-2313
Antal sider20
ISSN1839-3543
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2023

Emneord

  • Morality
  • family practices
  • everyday life
  • lockdown
  • Covid-19
  • ethics

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