research product . 2021

Men In Black

Gabsi, Adnen; Lehnsbo, Mikkel; Ejdesgaard, Heidi; Gökce, Mustafa; Bagger, Frederik Routhe; Nielsen, Sara Nybro Ihlefeld;
Open Access Danish
  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: Roskilde Universitet
  • Country: Denmark
This paper explores the reasoning and experiences of individuals, related to their participation in Men in Black demonstrations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark. The paper is executed through semi-structured interviews placed within the phenomenological and philosophical hermeneutic position. The analysis highlights the lifeworld's of the participants, related to the pandemic. The analysis is structured around five themes, which are the major factors causing demonstration participation. The theories of Risk Society by Ulrich Beck, Recognition theory by Axel Honneth and the theory of social movements by Silas Harrebye, are used as tools, in order, to reflect upon and explain the interviewees rationales, and to transcend our boundaries of explanation as scientists. These theories allowed this project to gain a deeper knowledge of how the individuals responded to the lack of recognition from the government. It has found that the individuals do not conform to a singular form of social activism due to the complexity of humans. The project has, furthermore, placed the subject within the Risk Society and has found that the individuals are not accepted due to the rejection and challenge of the norms set by science and government.
free text keywords: Men In Black, Corona, COVID-19, Fænomenologi, Filosofisk hermeneutik, Demonstationer, Systemkritik, Livsverdensinterview, Restriktion
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