“Othering” by consent? Public attitudes to Covid-19 restrictions and the role of the police in managing compliance in England

Rob Inkpen, Sarah Charman*, Aram Robert Ghaemmaghami, Paul Smith, Geoffrey Newiss, Stephanie Bennett, Camille Ilett

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to consider the relationship between an emergent decay of social trust created by the Covid-19 pandemic and the formation of “in” and “out” groups. Data from 37 extensive semi-structured interviews with members of the public in England found that identifying the “other” through normative conceptions of “security and order” was used by participants to legitimize their own presence within the “in” group, while self-reported compliance with restrictions was used to construct identities to be in line with that of the “in” group. These findings have important implications both for social trust within and between communities and toward the police.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalThe Sociological Quarterly
Early online date10 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 10 May 2022

Keywords

  • othering
  • Covid-19
  • policing
  • compliance
  • in-groups
  • UKRI
  • ESRC
  • ES/V009451/1

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