Language and COVID-19: A discourse analysis of resistance to lockdown in Indonesia

Na'imah, Zulfi and Muasomah, Suswati and Mubaraq, Zulfi and Hendriani, Suswati and Hussin, Mohamad and Ischak, Rabbani and Andini, Rizki (2023) Language and COVID-19: A discourse analysis of resistance to lockdown in Indonesia. Heliyon, 9 (3). ISSN 2405-8440, DOI

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Communities in Indonesia were resistant to lockdown policies, Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) and the Enactment of Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM). Both policies were implemented numerous times in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and these caused widespread unrest. Language with the terms PSBB and PPKM, which several times extended suddenly, not informed to the community, inconsistent in its implementation, makes the com-munity feel mad, neglected the needs of their life, and severe rejections. This research was conducted with a qualitative approach sourced from primary and secondary data. Primary data were obtained from electronic media news that shows public resistance and government policies published through the official government web. Meanwhile, secondary data were obtained from journal articles discussing community resistance related to policies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results showed that various terms translated from the term lockdown to the time PSBB and PPKM had consequences for policy misalignment with community expecta-tions. The switching of language from lockdown to PSBB and PPKM has caused resistance in the community because it has allowed the government to be economically irresponsible. Therefore, the government needs to inform and be responsible, so that policies can run effectively.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language; COVID-19; Lockdown policy; Community resistance
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2023 03:23
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 08:25

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