Reflections on the Pandemic in the Future of the World

Sociology of the Pandemic and the Paradigm Transformation in the New Normal Period

In the 21st century, the COVID-19 pandemic deeply affects the individual, society and state. Individuals and societies live in anxiety, fear and depression spiral in ontological distrust. All pandemics in history have been caused by the virus that has passed from animals to humans. All pandemics have created a change in society. Just as the plague epidemic brought the end of feudalism in the 14th century, the COVID-19 outbreak in the 21st century accelerated the transition to the information society, risk society and surveillance society. In order to protect from the epidemic, family relations have changed in the quarantine period. Education and work are carried out online from home. The practice of staying home changes the daily lives of children, youth, elderly, women, and men. Pandemic accelerated the transition to the information society. Pandemic has revealed the reality of risk society. It builds the Internetbased life surveillance community. Both surveillance society practice and fear of virus produce paranoid-schizoid society. The need for a new paradigm has emerged instead of an individual-based narcissistic culture of neoliberalism. Pandemic will result in the taming of either an authoritarian state, a social state, or liberalism. Countries need to get rid of the paranoid-schizoid mood and re-establish global solidarity.

Assoc. Prof. Vehbi Bayhan
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.2020.109