‘Bad old habits’ will survive coronavirus pandemic

Dominique Desjeux

Academic Dominique Desjeux believes we will quickly fall back into our pre-confinement ways once the Covid-19 crisis is over

No, this crisis won’t make minimalists of us all. When the pandemic comes to an end, we’ll quickly fall back into our old bad habits, argues anthropologist Dominique Desjeux, who specialises in consumerist behaviour at the University of Paris.

Throughout the coronavirus lockdown, commentators in the French press have predicted this crisis will teach us valuable lessons about the limits of mass consumption, forcing us to change our behaviour.

Sociologist and philosopher Edgar Morin wrote: “Confinement can help us to start detoxing our way of life.”

Similarly, politician Hubert Védrine claimed in Le Figaro that coronavirus has challenged people’s faith in consumerism.

Professor Desjeux disagrees. “After the crisis, we no ...

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