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The 7+7 Method Used in Venezuela and Multi-Level Collective Action in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The governments of the world implemented a quarantine in March 2020 when a pandemic was declared by the COVID-19. We start from the premise that everything would depend on the social representations about the pandemic, a variable that impacted all dimensions and scales of the socio-institutional structures. In Venezuela since March 16, 2020, the government decreed a radical quarantine and a method called 7+7. The article shows the multi-level collective action of socio-institutional actors with emphasis on the south of Venezuela because of its border linkage with Brazil. The fieldwork was conducted between March 2020 - December 2021, with a real-time research approach on the processes of interactions between the actors involved. As a result, the collective actions undertaken between the levels of government and its institutions, the private sector and civil society were significant in containing the spread of the virus. The form and method for the management of information and communication that allowed making explicit the norms, agreements and functional rules in a pandemic in the midst of complex and confusing social representations are highlighted and it is concluded that the following were determinant: the 7+7 quarantine scheme and the actions at the local level as a result of the agreements between the majority of the segments of society.

DOI 10.11648/j.rd.20230402.14
Published in Research & Development ( Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2023 )
Page(s) 58-67
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Venezuela, Pandemic, COVID-19, 7+7 Method, Collective Action, Social Networks, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

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  • Guayana Ecological Research Center, Guayana National Experimental University, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

  • Guayana Ecological Research Center, Guayana National Experimental University, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela; Department of Health and Human Development, Foundation for Life and Human Development (FUVIDEH), Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

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