The Case of Australia Trust During Pandemic Uncertainty—A Qualitative Study of Midlife Women in South Australia

Paul Ward, Belinda Lunnay, Kristen Foley, Samantha Meyer, Jessica Thomas, Ian Olver, Emma Miller

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Abstract

Government responses to COVID-19 have dramatically altered the social quality of daily circumstances. Consequently, theoretical questions about social cohesion require recalibration as we explore new models of social quality. Central to this article is trust, one of the fundamental tenets of social cohesion. We present data from interviews with 40 women in midlife (45–64 years) regarding their everyday experiences of “life in lockdown” during the pandemic. Key themes focus on women’s (dis)trust in individuals (e.g., politicians, public
health experts, family, themselves) and systems (e.g., politics, medicine, the media). This study provides insights into the differential impact of the pandemic in shaping public trust and hence social cohesion—in authority, institutions, and “each other”—with important lessons for how future efforts can rebuild trust in post-pandemic times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-308
Number of pages20
JournalThe International Journal of Social Quality
Volume11
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • social quality
  • trust
  • social cohesion
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • midlife women
  • Australia
  • Midlife women
  • Pandemic
  • Social cohesion
  • Social quality
  • Trust

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