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Why resist?: opposition to mask-wearing during the Covid-19 pandemic in Greece

Chalari, Athanasia ORCID: 0000-0003-1016-3797 (2022) Why resist?: opposition to mask-wearing during the Covid-19 pandemic in Greece. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea. ISSN 1468-3857

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14683857.2022.2102615


This study investigates the factors that might have affected the implementation of the mask-wearing measure in Greek society from March 2020 to November 2021. To do so, this study utilizes a critical review of dominant characteristics of modern Greek society followed by a systematic review of the most recent literature on mask-wearing attitudes. The data in this study is derived from official Greek governmental announcements regarding the mask-wearing measure during the pandemic and the depiction of attitudes towards mask-wearing through Greek digital media (including digital newspapers, informative magazines and websites, and digital news sites). The article argues that the main preventive factors relate to distrust towards authority, including specific identified barriers according to relevant literature. More importantly, this study reinforces the significance of the adequate appreciation of the historical, cultural and social context within which political measures are implemented regardless of their global scale and universal necessity.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 16:45
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 01:39

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