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dc.contributor.authorAdams, Glenn
dc.contributor.authorOsei-Tutu, Annabella
dc.contributor.authorAffram, Adjeiwa Akosua
dc.contributor.authorPhillips-Kumaga, Lilian
dc.contributor.authorDzokoto, Vivian Afi Abui
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-13T19:22:29Z
dc.date.available2022-07-13T19:22:29Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-24
dc.identifier.citationAdams G, Osei-Tutu A, Affram AA, Phillips-Kumaga L and Dzokoto VAA (2022) Implications of COVID-19 Innovations for Social Interaction: Provisional Insights From a Qualitative Study of Ghanaian Christian Leaders. Front. Psychol. 13:647979. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.647979en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/32848
dc.description.abstractResponses to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted people and institutions to turn to online virtual environments for a wide variety of social gatherings. In this perspectives article, we draw upon our previous work and interviews with Ghanaian Christian leaders to consider implications of this shift. Specifically, we propose that the shift from physical to virtual interactions mimics and amplifies the neoliberal individualist experience of abstraction from place associated with Eurocentric modernity. On the positive side, the shift from physical to virtual environments liberates people to selectively pursue the most fulfilling interactions, free from constraints of physical distance. On the negative side, the move from physical to virtual space necessitates a shift from material care and tangible engagement with the local community to the psychologization of care and pursuit of emotional intimacy in relations of one’s choosing—a dynamic that further marginalizes people who are already on the margins. The disruptions of the pandemic provide an opportunity to re-set social relations, to design ways of being that better promote sustainable collective well-being rather than fleeting personal fulfillment.en_US
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaen_US
dc.rights© 2022 Adams, Osei-Tutu, Affram, Phillips-Kumaga and Dzokoto. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectInterpersonal contacten_US
dc.subjectPandemic innovationsen_US
dc.subjectRelationalityen_US
dc.subjectVirtual interactionen_US
dc.titleImplications of COVID-19 Innovations for Social Interaction: Provisional Insights From a Qualitative Study of Ghanaian Christian Leadersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
kusw.kuauthorAdams, Glenn
kusw.kudepartmentPsychologyen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2022.647979en_US
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher versionen_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US
dc.identifier.pmid35686070en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsopenAccessen_US


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© 2022 Adams, Osei-Tutu, Affram, Phillips-Kumaga and Dzokoto. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
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