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Stevano, Sara, Ali, Rosimina and Jamieson, Merle (2021) 'Essential for what? A global social reproduction view on the re-organisation of work during the COVID-19 pandemic.' Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 42 (1/2). pp. 178-199.

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COVID-19 has shaken a foundational pillar of global capitalism: the organisation of work. A pivotal dimension of such re-organisation has been the classification of work as essential or not. This article explores the concept of essential work using a global feminist social reproduction perspective. We show that the meaning of essential work is more ambiguous and politicised than it may appear and, although it can be used as a basis to reclaim the value of socially reproductive work, its transformative potential hinges on the possibility to encompass the most precarious and transnational dimensions of (re)production.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 02255189
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Canadian Journal of Development Studies on 2 Nov 2020, available at
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 08:53

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