Travelling During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Erosion of Everyday Certainties

  • Melanie Pierburg Universität Hildesheim
Keywords: autoethnography, sociology of knowledge, corona crisis, erosion of everyday certainty, travelling, social reality, sociology of everyday life, COVID-19 pandemic


The social construction of reality (BERGER & LUCKMANN, 2007 [1969]) can be described on the basis of biographical experiences with the aid of autoethnographic texts (ELLIS, ADAMS & BOCHNER, 2010). Using biographical experiences with the aid of autoethnographic texts (ELLIS, ADAMS, & BOCHNER, 2010) I examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on creating everyday certainties. In the first part of the article I describe a vacation trip I took to Egypt in March 2020. This trip had a significant impact on my assumptions regarding everyday certainties, as looming quarantine measures and closing borders turned the vacation into an adventure. This part of the article will be followed by a theoretical exploration of the experience according to SCHÜTZ and LUCKMANN (1979 [1975], 1984). I analyze the erosion of everyday certainties in a socio-phenomenological way in order to not only fathom the experience descriptively, but also to locate it sociologically in a theoretical manner.


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Melanie Pierburg, Universität Hildesheim

Melanie PIERBURG ist Soziologin und arbeitet derzeit als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Hildesheim. Dort bietet sie neben ihrer Lehrtätigkeit Beratungen zu qualitativen Forschungsmethoden an. Ihre eigenen Forschungsprojekte basieren vor allem auf ethnografischen Zugängen, die sie versucht zu reflektieren und weiterzuentwickeln.

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