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Caring in Times of a Global Pandemic. Introduction

Author(s)
Emma Dowling
Abstract

»Sorgen in Zeiten einer globalen Pandemie. Einleitung«. Caring in Times of a Global Pandemic investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it in a cross-national perspective with regard to the areas of care, social reproduction, and affective security policies. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing crisis across different unpaid and paid domains of care and social reproduction. It revealed just who exactly keeps life going by doing the jobs that no society can do without. The management of the pandemic relied on significant swathes of unpaid or underpaid care work without sufficient consideration of the conditions under which this work is carried out and without providing sufficient resources and support. Self-organised practices of care and mutual aid in the pandemic potentially pointed to the possibilities of more progressive or even radical care infrastructures, while public welfare, health, and social care systems were vital in responding adequately and inclusively to the pandemic. In the wake of the pandemic, a key question is how capitalist economies will adjust, and how the pandemic may act as a catalyst for change. This article introduces the topic and presents the individual contributions to the HSR Forum.

Organisation(s)
Department of Sociology
Journal
Historical Social Research
Volume
46
Pages
7-30
No. of pages
24
ISSN
0172-6404
DOI
https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.46.2021.4.7-30
Publication date
2021
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
504023 Political sociology, 504030 Economic sociology, 504014 Gender studies
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
History, Sociology and Political Science, Social Sciences(all)
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/caring-in-times-of-a-global-pandemic-introduction(98280822-ada5-4fe4-9728-c7cdeaef8517).html