Trent professor explores why some people comply during pandemic and others don’t

Trent University Professor Momin Rahman is an internationally recognized sociologist. Photo courtesy of Trent University.


We watch as anti-lockdown protesters shouting their objections to the restrictions placed by the government in the United States. This inspired a small, local group to demonstrate in front of Victoria Hall. Then, there are those people who object to wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the virus or those who ignore the physical distancing requirements. Then, there are those on social media who spew their vitriol by posting memes against public health officials or restrictions placed by governments and experts. They see it as an impediment to their freedoms and rights.

For officials trying to navigate the path, it must be frustrating. It can be disturbing for the rest of us who are trying so hard to limit the spread of COVID-19, hoping it will mean we can reach our public health goals sooner. And, for those who are most vulnerable or those who face the greatest risks, it can be terrifying to think there are those out there who just don’t care.

Today, I am so pleased to welcome someone who may shed some light on the various behavours and motivations behind those who don’t want to cooperate, who are adamantly opposed, or reject the rules and regulations being put forward. And to help us understand some of the intense emotions we see expressed in the news and via social media.

Consider This is pleased to have on the show Professor Momin Rhaman (Mawmin Rah-man), an internationally recognized scholar from the sociology department of Trent University. Together, we are going to peek behind the curtain in the hopes of better understanding some of the factors influencing our society right now. In the process, we may shed some light on these behaviours and what is behind them.

Here is my conversation with Professor Rhaman.

Originally aired: June 5, 2020


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