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Sociological aspects of Lockdown

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

March marked a new phase in the lives of people across the world with the Spread of COVID 19. The governments worldwide announced Lockdown as well as several other steps as a response to control the spread of the pandemic and the pleasure instincts of citizens, so as to restrict them from going out. The validity of these measures was tested on the anvil of legality and economy.

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society
Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

With the passage of time as the lockdown became a new normal, headlines relating to suicides, domestic violence and surge in the depression cases started to make rounds on television screens and newspapers. A new set of discourse began which again looked at these issues from the political and economic glass, ignoring the fact that mortals have much wider needs than citizen and consumer/producer dichotomy. The social aspects of the lockdown were least discussed and bothered about.

Suicide, domestic violence & crime, though generally seen from law and order perspective, have their basis in society. The dynamics of lockdown accelerated the above issues by directly attacking the social stability and social fabric.

Sociological aspects of Lockdown

Overregulation & alienation from society – the genesis of crimes:

The increasing inclination of people towards minimal restraint and maximum autonomy in their lives was concretized with the emergence of the concept of nuclear family. Now the lockdown has forced us all to stay at home or in enclosed areas. Living at home for some people results in excessive control or regulation by the family members leading to a feeling of suffocation and powerlessness.

The Lockdown has resulted in sudden & dramatic changes in the society which has disrupted the normal routine of the people. Work, which had always been a way for beings to express their creative selves, has been disturbed. They have been snapped from doing things they liked and enjoyed. As a result there is a feeling of dejection, helplessness and alienation from the society.

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

Lockdown: A new perspective to domestic violence

The Lockdown has blurred away the physical separateness between workplace and home space. This has led to overregulation and more interference in each other’s personal spaces and working domains. Thus, exposing and reinforcing the patriarchal notions, which were earlier eclipsed, leading to a surge in domestic violence cases.

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

Social Interaction and Depression:

Human beings possess the general capacity for thought, which is shaped and refined in the process of interaction and socialization. By divorcing the individuals from society and their workplaces, the pandemic related restraints have perturbed this ‘humanizing’ process. The physical classrooms, which were a cradle of all foundational human values and etiquettes for students, have been replaced by virtual classrooms. This has affected the process of mental development, a natural consequence of which is going to be an increase in depression cases.

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

Reverse migration: A social & humanitarian crises

Humanitarian crisis unfolded as the nation-wide lockdown took effect. The burden of the lockdown fell disproportionately on the lower class, as they lost their jobs and with it the sense of social security. Searing images of exhausted labourers reversely migrating to their hometown for survival will endure for long after the pandemic is over. This has exacerbated the social stratification and inequalities, which has worsened the life of these people who barely manage to survive.

Social interaction and Depression, Reverse migration, Sociological aspects of Lockdown, Overregulation & alienation from society

Lockdown: an opportunity?

Coronavirus, though thousand times smaller than a grain of the salt, has exposed the flaws in the political and economic basis of any theory or explanation. A distinction has to be made between the Natural and Social worlds. What demands our immediate attention is taking care of the needs of the social world and the natural world will automatically fall in line.

Lockdown may seem to be disruptive for the society but great attention has to be given to its latent aspect. It should be seen as an opportunity during which we can strengthen our social fabric by reinforcing familial ties, reducing the social inequalities by using technology to economically empower the disadvantaged and developing futuristic modes of social interaction in this new normal.

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