Negotiating Risks and Responsibilities During Lockdown: Ethical Reasoning and Affective Experience in Aotearoa New Zealand

aut.relation.issueSuppl. 1en_NZ
aut.relation.journalJournal of the Royal Society of New Zealanden_NZ
aut.researcherDrabsch, Julie
dc.contributor.authorTrnka, Sen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorLong, NJen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorAikman, PJen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorAppleton, NSen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorDavies, SGen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorDeckert, Aen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorFehoko, Een_NZ
dc.contributor.authorHolroyd, Een_NZ
dc.contributor.authorJivraj, Nen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorLaws, Men_NZ
dc.contributor.authorMartin-Anatias, Nen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorRoguski, Men_NZ
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Nen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorSterling, Ren_NZ
dc.contributor.authorTunufa’i, Len_NZ
dc.description.abstractOver forty-nine days of Level 4 and Level 3 lockdown, residents of Aotearoa New Zealand were subject to ‘stay home’ regulations that restricted physical contact to members of the same social ‘bubble’. This article examines their moral decision-making and affective experiences of lockdown, especially when faced with competing responsibilities to adhere to public health regulations, but also to care for themselves or provide support to people outside their bubbles. Our respondents engaged in independent risk assessment, weighing up how best to uphold the ‘spirit’ of the lockdown even when contravening lockdown regulations; their decisions could, however, lead to acute social rifts. Some respondents – such as those in flatshares and shared childcare arrangements – recounted feeling disempowered from participating in the collective management of risk and responsibility within their bubbles, while essential workers found that anxieties about their workplace exposure to the coronavirus could prevent them from expanding their bubbles in ways they might have liked. The inability to adequately care for oneself or for others thus emerges as a crucial axis of disadvantage, specific to times of lockdown. Policy recommendations regarding lockdown regulations are provided.
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 51:sup1, S55-S74, DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1865417
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_NZ
dc.rights© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
dc.subjectAotearoa; Collective responsibility; COVID-19; Ethical reasoning; Lockdown; Moral experience; New Zealand; Pandemics; Risk
dc.titleNegotiating Risks and Responsibilities During Lockdown: Ethical Reasoning and Affective Experience in Aotearoa New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
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