COVID‐19, ethics of care and feminist crisis management.

Author:

Branicki, L.J.,

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Date:

2020

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Gender, Work & Livelihoods

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Branicki, L.J., (2020). COVID‐19, ethics of care and feminist crisis management. Gender, Work & Organization, 27(5), pp.872-883.

Likely unintended consequences of the management of the COVID-19 crisis include elevated risk for workers in low-paid, precarious and care-based employment, over-representation of minority ethnic groups in case numbers and fatalities, and gendered barriers to work. Drawing upon feminist ethics of care, this article theorises a radical alternative to the normative assumptions of rationalist crisis management. Rationalist approaches to crisis management are typified by utilitarian logics, and masculine and militaristic language. This article contributes a new theorization of crisis management that is grounded in feminist ethics to provide a care-based concern for all crisis affected people.