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Question ; JOUR(72), 3.
Article in Spanish | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2091405

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The present work demonstrates how radio is a mass medium that has been used by hegemonic groups to transmit non-scientific discourses in Brazil during the Covid-19 pandemic. Two interviews are analyzed, the first with Luciano Hang, one of the richest businessmen in the country;and the second with singer Tico Santa Cruz. Both made in two radio programs known by the Brazilian public: "Direto ao Ponto" and "Panico", broadcast by Grupo Jovem Pan. It was observed that some speeches without scientific proof are used to form a thought that the measures aimed at controlling The pandemic measures adopted by state governments, such as the lockdown, for example, must be rejected, which can greatly contribute to the increased circulation of the coronavirus.

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Revista de Ciencias Sociales ; - (174):223-243,264-265, 2021.
Article in Spanish | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2046135

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En este trabajo, se exploran los discursos sobre sexualidad que, en el contexto de la pandemia de covid-19, se (re)producen y circulan en las cuentas de Instagram de seis sexólogas argentinas que hacen educación sexual y divulgan su trabajo profesional a través de dicha red social. A partir de exploraciones etnográficas digitales se analizó como estas profesionales construyen un modo de narrar los saberes de la sexología en internet;despliegan actividades pedagógicas que las posicionan como nuevas referentes en el campo de la sexología nacional y configuran una red de instagramers que se dedican a la educación sexual.Alternate :In this paper, it is exploring the discourses on sexuality that, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, are reproduce and circulate on Instagram accounts of six Argentine sexologists who do sex education and publicize their professional work through these social media. From digital ethnographic explorations we analyze how these professionals construct a way of narrating the knowledge of sexology on the internet;deploy pedagogical activities that position them as new references in the field of national sexology and configure a network of "instagramers" dedicated to sex education.

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Mezinárodní Vztahy ; 56(4):77-90, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2040660

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The discourse on the infodemic constructs the combination of the pandemic and disinformation as a new source of insecurity on a global scale. How can we make sense - analytically and politically - of this newly politicized nexus of public health, information management, and global security? This article proposes approaching the phenomenon of the infodemic as an intersecting securitization of information disorder and health governance. Specifically, it argues that there are two distinct frames of security mobilized in the context of infodemic governance: information as a disease and information as a weapon. Drawing on literatures on global health and the emerging research on disinformation, the paper situates the two framings of the infodemic in broader discourses on the medicalization of security, and securitization of information disorder, respectively. The article critically reflects on each framing and offers some preliminary thoughts on how to approach the entanglements of health, security, and information disorder in contemporary global politics.

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South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE) ; 12(1), 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2040088

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Background: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) refers to the care and education of children from birth to age four. There is a scarcity of research on inclusion in this marginalised sector in many developing countries, including South Africa. Aim: This article reports on a virtual learning participatory workshop on understanding inclusion with six ECCE teachers and two ECD practitioner trainers. Setting: Due to the social distancing necessitated by the Corona Virus pandemic, all interactions were facilitated through the WhatsApp platform. Methods: The study employed a participatory action learning and action research (PALAR) design that focuses on collaborative and contextually relevant learning and research. Data were generated in two iterative cycles using a baseline questionnaire, photovoice, reflective journals and purposeful conversations. Results: Cycle one found that some of the participants’ understanding of inclusion needed to be challenged. Their understandings of inclusion centred on discourses of disability with a narrow view of inclusion. This action learning set (ALS) mainly regarded inclusion to be a product rather than a process and claimed that segregation had some advantages. Some of the members of the ALS also misconstrued inclusion for micro-exclusive practices of assimilation and integration. Cycle two was planned to address these misunderstandings. Cycle two revealed that becoming inclusive means revisiting dominant ideologies about inclusion and a critical awareness of micro-exclusive practices. Conclusion: This research serves to challenge dominant beliefs of what inclusion is. The knowledge presented here could be cascaded to other ECCE centres in the South African context. With a scarcity of research on inclusion in ECCE, this study may provide a point of departure for future research.

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New Media & Society ; 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2021009

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This article considers newspapers' role in shaping the sociotechnical imaginaries of touch, and emerging technologies that digitally mediate touch. It examines the discourses of touch and personal relationships at a distance that circulated in major British broadsheet newspapers during the 2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease-19, alongside dominant narratives of touch and remote communication in the previous 5 years. In doing so, the article demonstrates how existing discourses of touch and remote communication intensified during the pandemic, while imaginations of remote touch narrowed. The sociotechnical imaginaries of digital touch matter because they illuminate the kinds of social relations touch technologies are perceived to forge, maintain or deny.

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Ageing and Society ; : 1-22, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2016442

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Older adults have been statistically proved to be at a higher risk of getting severely infected by the coronavirus COVID-19, evoking sweeping narratives of compassionate ageism surrounding them in different discourses. By analysing the media content, scholars from different areas have alerted us about the amplified ageism aroused by the pandemic crisis. However, we are still short of empirical evidence to learn how ageism is constructed in diverse sociocultural contexts in the wake of this global pandemic crisis. This study provides the case of Hong Kong to reflect on how ageism, as a set of social inequalities, is constructed. By examining 814 articles collected from the three most popular newspapers with different political orientations in Hong Kong, this study uses quantitative and qualitative content analysis to examine how older people have been generally represented. Then it further compares how these representations have been influenced by the media's liberal or conservative preferences. Third, it examines the relationship between the political orientation of newspapers and how different forms of ageism are constructed. The findings indicate that despite the liberal or conservative inclination of the three newspapers, they portray the older population as frail, dependent and deprived not only at the biomedical level but in all aspects of life. This study also reveals that the newspapers with a populist inclination in both camps have shown more hostile attitudes in representing compassionate ageism. In contrast, liberal and conservative-leaning media affirmed the government's dominant role in taking full responsibility for caring for the older population. The findings indicate that the polarised ageism frame cannot fully explain the underpinnings of ageism and implied policy processing in different contexts.

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TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique ; 19(1):255-261, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1994919

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The prioritisation of the coronavirus pandemic in the public sphere has resonated in the field of sciences, with Covid-19 occupying the interest of many researchers in various disciplines. This article aims to analyse features of interpersonal and institutional discourses, published data, and the author’s observations to reflect critically upon the impact of Covid-19 on academic life and sketch some trends in the field of sciences. The analysis demonstrates that Covid-19 serves as an accelerator for science;this process, however, is asynchronous across countries, disciplines, and research streams. The “Covid-isation” of research systems reinforces the instrumentalisation and projectification of science and creates intra-institutional hierarchies. The coronavirus crisis amplifies existing inequalities and prompts the double movement of acceleration versus deceleration. In the potential social morphogenesis in the field of science, the role of the humanities and social sciences scholars in asking critical questions and facilitating meta-reflexivity becomes paramount.

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Patterns of Prejudice ; 55(5):407-435, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1991774

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Germany’s Covid-19 protesters and members of the far right have tried to appropriate two key historical figures associated with the German anti-Nazi resistance, Sophie Scholl (1921–1943), who distributed anti-government leaflets, and Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (1907–1944), the mastermind of the failed coup of 20 July 1944. Neumann places these attempts in the context of the afterlives of Scholl, Stauffenberg and aspiring Hitler assassin Georg Elser (1903–1945). First, he argues that the far right’s attempt to claim Stauffenberg should not be read as a move to deny the Holocaust, nor to reject Germany’s responsibility for it, but rather to distance itself from Holocaust deniers and shift public discourses about German identity and history. Second, he argues that Covid-19 protesters have identified with Scholl because she has been considered the quintessential ‘good German’, she cannot be located on a left–right political spectrum and she represents German resistance as well as victimhood. Finally, he suggests that the success of these attempts to appropriate historical figures points to a lack of knowledge not about Nazi Germany’s victims, or about Scholl and Stauffenberg themselves, but rather about the nature of the Nazi regime.

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Loyola Journal of Social Sciences ; 36(1):1, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1958189

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the end of 2019 in China brought states to loggerheads with one another. The cold war between these states brought intricate discourses that appear to be motivated by the political economy of national interests and global political supremacy. A nuanced reading of the discourses surrounding the pandemic's management is essential to unravel and complicate the political pragmatism at play. Within this context, control of the COVID-19 pandemic became politically charged. The World Health Organisation (WHO) turned into the battleground of ideologies and conspiracies where global superpowers constructed and imposed their visions of the world. This article argues that cynicism and power struggles, especially between the global mighties, have undermined the collective efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic;hence, political ten-sions should be questioned and considered critically in an attempt to re-think ourselves as a global humanity. The study is informed by ideas of power from a critical discourse analysis perspective to examine the semiotics of power and diplomatic tensions that have characterised the global public health crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic, as managed by the WHO . The findings show that politics have profoundly shaped and complicated COVID-19 discourses. This speaks to the imperatives of probing and re-considering these discourses as sites of power struggles in the current context of global public health.

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RELIGACIÓN. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades ; 6(30), 2021.
Article in Spanish | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1955632

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The pandemic caused by COVID-19 was inscribed in our bodies and in our senses. The pandemic represented the reconfiguration of our times, rhythms, processes of subjectivation, socialization, and productivity, even the ways of conceiving the world as the cycles of life and the rituals of death. Although this event is due to biological and epidemiological factors, it has also been established as an operator that has produced discourses, practices, imaginations, and desires, where power flows and organizes new rearrangements in the condition of entropy, social terror, and the pandemic risk. The objective of this article was to analyze the new material and immaterial conditions that were reconfigured in civil society during the pandemic period as coping and resistance mechanisms aimed at safeguarding life in the health emergency condition. The first one delves into the ways in which we reconstitute ourselves as subjects, the relationship and organization of bodies with the habitat, and the emergence of new commercial relationships. In the immaterial dimension, discursive aspects such as discriminatory practices, the generation of new affects and the production of subjectivities are analyzed, such gestures and politicities are oriented to the continuity of the sustainability of life, however, they reveal contradictions, deficiencies, discriminatory processes and distinct types of violence that make up a new aseptic society.Alternate :La pandemia provocada por COVID-19 se inscribió en nuestros cuerpos y en nuestros sentidos. Habitar la pandemia representó la reconfiguración de nuestros tiempos, ritmos, procesos de subjetivación, socialización y productividad, formas de concebir el mundo, así como los ciclos de la vida y los rituales de la muerte. Aunque este acontecimiento se debe en gran parte a factores biológicos y epidemiológicos, también se ha constituido como un operador que ha producido discursos, prácticas, imaginarios y deseos, donde el poder fluye y maquina nuevos reordenamientos a la luz de la entropía, el terror social y el riesgo pandémico. En este artículo se tuvo como objetivo analizar los nuevos condicionamientos materiales e inmateriales que se reconfiguraron en la sociedad civil durante el marco temporal pandémico como mecanismos de afrontamiento y resistencia orientados al resguardo de la vida en la condición de emergencia sanitaria. En la dimensión material se profundiza en las formas en cómo nos reconstituimos como sujetos, la relación y organización de los cuerpos con el hábitat, y la emergencia de nuevas relaciones mercantiles. En la dimensión inmaterial se analizan los aspectos discursivos como las prácticas discriminatorias, la generación de nuevos afectos y la producción de subjetividades. Tales gestos y politicidades están orientados a la continuidad de la sostenibilidad de la vida, sin embargo, desocultan contradicciones, deficiencias, procesos discriminatorios y diversos tipos de violencia que confeccionan una nueva sociedad aséptica.Alternate :A pandemia provocada pela COVID-19 foi inscrita em nossos corpos e em nossos sentidos. Habitar a pandemia representou a reconfiguração de nossos tempos, ritmos, processos de subjetivação, socialização e produtividade, formas de conceber o mundo, assim como os ciclos da vida e os rituais da morte. Embora este evento seja em grande parte devido a fatores biológicos e epidemiológicos, ele também se constituiu como um operador que produziu discursos, práticas, imaginários e desejos, onde a energia flui e maquina novos rearranjos à luz da entropia, do terror social e do risco pandêmico. O objetivo deste artigo era analisar os novos fatores materiais e imateriais condicionantes que foram reconfigurados na sociedade civil durante o período da pandemia como mecanismos de enfrentamento e resistência destinados a salvaguardar a vida na emergência sanitária. Na dimensão material, as formas como nos reconstituímos como sujeitos, a relação e organização dos corpos com o habitat e o surgimento de novas relações mercantis são examinados em profundidade. A dimensão imaterial analisa aspectos discursivos, como práticas discriminatórias, a geração de novos efeitos e a produção de subjetividades. Tais gestos e politizações são orientados para a continuidade da sustentabilidade da vida;contudo, revelam contradições, deficiências, processos discriminatórios e vários tipos de violência que criam uma nova sociedade asséptica.

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MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION ; 10(2):214-217, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1939497

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This editorial serves as an introduction to Media and Communication???s thematic issue ???Media and Migration in the Covid-19 Pandemic: Discourses, Policies, and Practices in Times of Crisis.??? This thematic issue presents a space for discussion on ways in which digital infrastructures and media have an impact on understandings and experiences of migration during the pandemic. The seven articles in this volume offer an integrated account of this issue from many empirical studies adopting a multi-actor perspective while also involving different methodologies and cross-cultural and interdisciplinary frameworks. The contributions featured in this thematic issue shed new light on the role of mediated processes and discourses around migration and may be of assistance to understanding the opportunities and challenges of leveraging media technologies to promote inclusive, sustainable, and meaningful participation and representation of migrants beyond the pandemic.

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Media and Communication ; 10(2):287-300, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1934777

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For over 20 years, Russia has been within the top five most attractive countries for immigrants. Before the pandemic, the federal policies that stimulated the immigration of cheap workforce contradicted the public perception and the media coverage of immigrants as problematic communities. Unlike labor immigrants, the EU refugees from the Middle East were depicted as a challenge for the disunited and unhospitable EU, and re-settlers from Donbass were portrayed highly sympathetically. These differences remain virtually unstudied. We explore the coverage of immigrants and refugees in Russia during the Covid-19 pandemic to see whether, under its impact, the coverage was equal and humanistic rather than different and politically induced. Based on content analysis of 12 Russian federal and regional textual media and four TV channels in 2020, we show that the differences described above have persisted and even intensified during the pandemic, supported by pro-state media, with only marginal counterbalancing from oppositional news outlets. The discourse about labor immigrants pragmatically focused on immigration-related problems for businesses and the state, channeling the authorities’ position on immigrants as “objects of proper care,” while the EU refugees were depicted as “objects of improper treatment.” In both discourses, immigrants were equally deprived of their subjectivity. In general, the immigration-related issues were not a major focus, especially for regional media, and the pandemic has not led to the re-humanization of immigration coverage.

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Media and Communication ; 10(2):265-275, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1934773

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The Covid-19 pandemic affected Romanian intra-EU labour migrants in a particular way and challenged the established themes associated with and the social roles assigned to them in news discourses. During the first wave of the pandemic, Covid-19 hotspots were reported abroad in Romanian migrant communities, the most notorious example being at the Tönnies factory in Germany. The pandemic brought to prominence the precarious working conditions of labour migrants employed in agriculture and especially in the food industry. Wider discussions, conflicts, and solidarity actions were generated around this topic. In the present study, we identify the main themes and topics present in the Romanian media coverage of Romanian labour migrants, as well as the way foreign, particularly German, media perspectives were integrated into and domesticated in the Romanian coverage. Findings show that both the Romanian and German media used, to a certain extent, the media coverage of this exceptional pandemic situation to invite reflection on the general social costs of migration and on the responsibility of political actors in the migrants’ country of origin, in their country of destination, and at the level of EU institutions. However, the perspective of the migrants was underrepresented in the media coverage.

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Romanian Journal of European Affairs ; 22(1):104-121, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1918814

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The European Commission defines the concept of European digital sovereignty as the capacity to make "autonomous technological choices" and the ambition to shape rules and standards at the international level. The idea of "digital sovereignty" responds to the demands of the European public and private sectors to increase the uptake of indigenous technology. However, neither the official policy and discourses, nor the academic literature analyse the actors involved and the power distribution within this process. This article aims to investigate on what is digital sovereignty and who is the "owner" of this new type of sovereignty and the impact of this rhetoric on European integration. It does that by engaging the theoretic lenses of principal-agent framework, drawing on the development path of the European policymaking in the technological area, from the 1980s until today. The paper concludes that the heterogenous preferences of the member states create the impetus to delegate powers to the European Commission. Furthermore, digital sovereignty rhetoric helps overcome the problems of delegation politics by building coalitions and consensus.

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Journal of International Women's Studies ; 24(2):1-16, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1918536

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Contemporary feminism manifests itself in the form of blogs, hashtags, e-magazines, and digitally planned protests through online communities that address the prevailing concerns of feminists in the digital age. This feminist approach to digital activism aims to reclaim the power of technology which is inherently hegemonic and masculinist by creating alternate spaces and modes of protest. Transnational feminism is increasingly being shaped by online discourses and the new digital space enables social movements in shaping feminist solidarity and complex netizen identities. This paper adopts discourse analysis of online contents that question the prevalent patriarchal system in South Asia and thus situate it in the changing socio-cultural context globally. Popular hashtag movements in various countries such as #YesAllWomen, #notallmen, #MeToo, #SheInspiresMe, #WomenMarch4Change, #WhyLoiter, #IWillGoOut, #AuratMarch #GirlsAtDhabas, #SafeCityIndia #PinjraTod as well as other online forums which raise the voices of women against various forms of violence will be analysed with a view to uncover their multi-layered impact. These multifaceted discourses on gender-based violence have reached a wider audience across the world through social media, and academic webinars during the Covid-19 pandemic have also largely contributed to the debate. The resonance of these dialogues has transcended the local to the global level;a close study of the transnational character of these digital messages in social media aims to examine the strict demarcation between the public and the private, thus challenging the concept of gendered spaces. This paper employs a multidisciplinary approach to methodologically analyse the online resources and nature of activism in India and investigate its global relevance. Additionally, the paper will also explore how the online campaigns are establishing networks notwithstanding time and place, by interrogating and understanding the relationship between online activism and its significance in conceptualizing transnational feminism.

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Media and Communication ; 10(2):204-213, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1893465

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This conceptual article argues that class is a major factor in the social division and polarisation after the Covid-19 pandemic. Current discourse and communication analyses of phenomena such as compliance with measures and vaccine hesitancy seek explanations mainly in opposing ideological stances, ignoring existing structural inequalities and class relations and their effects on people’s decisions. I approach social cohesion in the Covid-19 pandemic through the theories of epidemic psychology, which sees language as fundamental in social conflicts during pandemics, and progressive neoliberalism, which critiques a post-industrial social class whose assumed moral superiority and talking down to working-class people is argued to be an explanation of many current social conflicts. I argue that these theories construct a valuable theoretical framework for explaining and analysing the social division and polarisation that has resulted from the pandemic. Reducing non-compliance with mitigating measures and vaccine hesitancy to an ideological issue implies that it can be countered by combatting misinformation and anti-vaccination thinking and shutting down particular discourses, which grossly simplifies the problem. The impact that class relations and inequality have on political and health issues, coupled with the characteristics of progressive neoliberalism, may partially explain the rise of populist and nativist movements. I conclude that if social cohesion is to be maintained through the ongoing climate emergency, understanding the impacts of progressive neoliberalism and the role of contempt in exclusionary discursive practices is of utmost importance.

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Nationalities Papers-the Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity ; : 17, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1852310

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has once again brought borders to the center of attention, as journalists, authorities, and scholars have grappled with the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak, which began in late 2019 and early 2020 has caused tremendous personal, economic, and social upheaval As many states decided to pursue the national interests and to close their borders to prevent the spread of the virus, this decision had major consequences for residents in border regions, for whom border crossing is an everyday practice. The article aims at exploring the discourse on the rebordering experience as constructed by local authorities and residents of two twin towns, one on the Polish-Czech (Cieszyn-Cesky Tesin) and one on the Polish-German (Slubice-Frankfurt/Oder) border. By applying a Discursive Historical Approach, we identified four main discursive strands which deployed diverse imaginaries.

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Tecnoscienza-Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies ; 12(2):61-68, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1848985

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This article presents reflections resulting from the conference session "Dis-entangling Later Life: Ageing Processes, Innovative Practices and Critical Reflections", organized in the context of the VIII STS Italia Conference. The paper expands the discussions from the session and touches on three topics regarding the multiple relationships between COVID-19, ageing and health, namely: (1) the decline of a hyper-responsibilizing rhetoric in the public sphere over the last decades, along with concepts of active ageing and successful ageing;(2) the reinforcement of the representation of ageing as a process with homogenous effects on population, transforming older adults into a social group characterized by shared frailties and needs;and (3) the growing role of public and third sector institutions in supporting older adults in the use of technology during the COVID-19 outbreak, expanding the network of involved actors. Proposals for future research paths are addressed in the conclusions, encouraging the further analysis of the topics discussed in the conference session.

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International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education ; 14(1):1565-1571, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1820500

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The objectives of this research were: 1) to investigate health communication of "Thai herbs";2) to investigate Thai herbs discourses;and 3) to analyze contents, language and social context of "Thai herbs" discourses for self-care from coronavirus disease-2019 via social media of medical agencies in Thailand by means of qualitative research with an analysis of discourse information from contents and language via social media of the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine. Moreover, in-depth interviews was applied with purposive sampling technique, including personnel in charge of producing contents via social media from the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, Protection and Promotion of Thai Traditional Medical Knowledge Subdivision, and the Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine. The findings were: 1) for the process of health communication of "Thai herbs," key encoders were health professionals in Thai traditional medicine, whose emphasis was to construct participation among people and to reduce communication inequality among them with the performance strategy to conform to the Policy and National Public Relations Plan No. 5 (2016-2021) focusing on getting information from people and using it to set the directions for content production;2) "Thai herbs" discourses were: 1) the body of knowledge on Thai traditional and alternative medicine;and 2) self-care from coronavirus disease -2019;3) from an analysis of contents of "Thai herbs" discourses, the followings were found: (1) an inspiration in self-care from coronavirus disease-2019;(2) creating accurate knowledge in using Thai herbs;and 3) clarifying contents of fake news found on social media;from an analysis of language used in "Thai herbs" discourses the followings were found: (1) creating creditability of medical information;(2) giving in-depth information;(3) exemplifying for clarity;and (4) writing through slogans;social context consisted of: (1) an economic aspect affected by the hoarding of Thai herbs;(2) an aspect of trends from people's rumors;and 3) an aspect of media and information literacy.

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e-BANGI ; 18(10):117-126, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1787302

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Following Nigeria's first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in February, 2020, there emerged diverse information from a multitude of unknown sources on how to curb and prevent the novel virus. As with other disease outbreak, the novelty of the disease created an information gap which made the net the last resort for Nigerians on the prevention and cure of the virus. Within a short period of time, unverified information on COVID-19 flooded the internet. Some questions beg for answers: How do we evaluate the news contents provided by online media such as Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp? This study is aimed at highlighting misinformation about coronavirus discourse in Nigeria and how critical literacy skill can be deployed to unravel the veracity of such sources of information. Data were generated from official publications, reputable journals, newspapers, conference papers, and internet sources. These sources were augmented with direct observations with the adherence to Covid-19 protocols. The content analysis method was used to analyse the data. The study revealed that there are quanta of misinformation about COVID-19 in Nigeria. Similarly, findings indicated that many Nigerians hardly put their critical literacy skills into practice as many of them swallowed hood, line, and sinker, every news item they read and heard about the pandemic without verifying their sources. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended among others that Nigerians should cultivate the habit of questioning digital news. Also, critical literacy skill should be included in Nigeria school curriculum. Last but not the least;parents should train their children to acquire critical thinking skills required for understanding online news.

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