AN ASSESSMENT ON THE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN TERMS OF CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY

Abstract

Author(s): Mehmet Devrim TOPSES

The most rational way to evaluate the present validity of sociology theories is to test them with real society life. Although the coronavirus outbreak has been experienced for a very short time, its initial effects on the Turkish society have created a convenient opportunity in terms of testing some classical and contemporary sociological theories. This study examines the initial effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the Turkish society in terms of some sociological theories. These effects can be highlighted as follows: First, coronavirus outbreak has proved the determinant character of the material foundations of social life in terms of intellectual, moral and other ideological superstructure institutions. Second, coronavirus outbreak has affected the segments of society that live on labor the most and this has provided new examples for the sociology literature in terms of consequences of class inequalities in practice. Last, the sociological theories that interpret the society, the world and the success of Turkish modernization within the conservative boundaries of tradition have been severely criticized in practice. This study discusses some examples of social events that have paved the way for these effects to be put forward.

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