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    Responses to the COVID‐19 crisis in Ireland: From feminized to feminist

    Cullen, Pauline and Murphy, Mary P. (2021) Responses to the COVID‐19 crisis in Ireland: From feminized to feminist. Gender, Work & Organization, 28 (S2). pp. 348-365. ISSN 0968-6673

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    In this study, we conceptualize feminist engagement with neo-liberalism, austerity, and crisis management and analyze potential to advance a feminist “recovery” political agenda. Feminist discursive analysis of crisis and a focus on narrative enables analysis of continuity and change in feminist responses to the pandemic and exposes the nature of opportunities and constraints for mobilization on gender equality. A case study of responses to the pandemic in Ireland and empirical data in areas of care, income support and domestic violence is presented to reflect on gendered analysis of austerity and feminist responses to same, on gendered effects of COVID-19 and feminist responses to pandemic crisis management. The case studies allow us to interrogate feminist's use of crisis to advance social transformation. We discuss whether and how feminist actors in Ireland built on learning from previous crises to generate opportunity to advance feminist demands, to break continuities by reframing old problems and to mobilize in relation to COVID-19. We find some continuity over time, but also greater awareness of connective tissues of multiple crises, making overall strategies of feminist actors and organizations less reactive, more innovative, inclusive and independent than the previous crisis with greater potential for social transformation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: feminized; feminist; framing; Ireland; pandemic;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 15638
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    Depositing User: Dr. Pauline Cullen
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 15:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Work & Organization
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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