The Feminist Economics of Covid-19

SOAS Open Economics Forum, SOAS Economics Department, Sara Stevano
SOAS University of London, 2020
Level: beginner
Perspective: Feminist Economics
Topic: Crisis, Feminism, institutions, Socio-economics
Format: Webinar
Duration: 01:06:24
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF_jfLuQgbQ&list=PL1z_PGhPjwcr4_fcA-DaQg9pH3GhKIqbM&index=2

Understanding gender inequality is possible only when looking at the intersections between race and class inequalities. The health crisis is no different: Stevano takes a feminist and social reproductive perspective, from unpaid household work to social infrastructure and services. Before the pandemic, household welfare was already endangered due to the growing ‘informalization’ of employment and the racialization of the global division of labor. The global Covid-19 lockdown has accelerated these processes: intensifying domestic work and further excluding those already at the margins of global supply chains.


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An important reflection on social reproduction and its necessity for the survival of the capitalist system of production.


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