This project aims to understand what rationality and justification people use for breaching and /or not observing social distancing regulations during the COVID19 pandemic in Bangladesh.
Legal Consciousness is a field of sociolegal research where researchers try to understand a community’s experience of law as opposed to their knowledge of law. Legal consciousness studies how a given society or community approaches law in their everyday life, what do they understand by the word law, and how do they deal with law.
During the Covid19 pandemic, Bangladesh announced unofficial lockdown and asked all people to stay home, maintain social distancing, and observe home quarantine after travel or exposure. However, these concepts being alien and novel to the Bangladeshi society, many people did not appreciate the regulations.
I am using survey and qualitative interviewing for this research. This research is currently running.