Care and Pandemic

A Transnational Perspective


Care and Pandemic captures an up-to-the-moment account of COVID-19 and its aftermath by an interdisciplinary network of transatlantic scholars reporting from Brazil, Colombia, and France. Case studies diagnose the problem, revealing socio-demographic dynamics of care labor markets, outlining the impact of online care platforms on the conditions of care work, and providing caring strategies rooted in community solidarity. Creating a robust and more resilient care organization requires a comprehensive understanding of why systems failed to build capacity that can absorb external shocks and address structural changes before, during, and after disasters.

Contributors are: Gabriela Alkmin, Mariana Eugenio Almeida, Ana Carolina Andrada, Daniella Castro-Barbudo, Amparo Hernández-Bello, Eileen Boris, Ana Claudia Moreira Cardoso, Aurélie Damamme, Guita Grin Debert, Jorge Felix, Heidi Gottfried, Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Helena Hirata, Léa Lima, Pascale Molinier, Suelen Castiblanco-Moreno, Carolina Moreno, Renata Moreno, Pedro Augusto Gravatá Nicoli, Maria Júlia Tavares Pereira, Javier A. Pineda D., Luana Simões Pinheiro, Jeanny Posso, Marcelo Maciel Ramos, Michelle Redondo, Maria Camila Vega-Salazar and Simone Wajnman.

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Nadya Araújo Guimarães is Senior Professor at the University of São Paulo Department of Sociology, Researcher at CEBRAP (Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning), and a regular member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She received her Master's degree at the University of Brasilia (1974), her Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983) and did post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies for Developing Areas (1993-1994). She has been researching on the Brazilian labor market focusing on economic change, unemployment and workers trajectories; labor market intermediaries; gender/race inequalities; care and care workers.

Heidi Gottfried is Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wayne State University, USA. She obtained her PhD in 1987 from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her recent publications include Global Labor Migration: New Directions (University of Illinois Press, 2023) (with Eileen Boris, Julie Greene and Joo-Cheong Tham); Care Work in Transition: Transnational Circuits of Gender, Migration and Care, a special issue of Critical Sociology (with Jennifer Jihye Chun); Gender, Work and Economy: Unpacking the Global Economy (Polity Press, 2013) and The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism (Brill, 2015).

Helena Hirata is Research Director Emerita at CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), France and Associate Professor at the Sociology Department, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is also a member of the editorial board of Cahiers du Genre, member of the Direction of the international and interdisciplinary network MAGE (Gender and Labour Market), and a member of the French team of the project Who cares? Rebuilding care in a post-pandemic world, from the Trans-Atlantic Platform.

Javier A. Pineda D. obtained his PhD from Durham University, UK. He is a full-time Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center of Development Studies –CIDER, Universidad de los Andes. He currently is the Colombian IP for the project Who cares? Rebuilding care in a post-pandemic world, from the Trans-Atlantic Platform. Recent publications include: La sociedad del cuidado y políticas de la vida (Clacso, 2024) (with Karina Batthyány and Valentina Perrotta).

Contributors are: Gabriela Alkmin, Mariana Almeida, Ana Carolina Andrada, Eileen Boris, Ana Claudia Cardoso, Suelen Emilia Castiblanco-Moreno, Daniella Castro-Barbudo, Aurélie Damamme, Jorge Felix, Pedro Augusto Gravatá Nicoli, Guita Grin Debert, Amparo Higinia Hernandez Bello, Lea Lima, Marcelo Maciel Ramos, Pascale Molinier, Carolina Moreno, Renata Moreno, Maria Júlia Pereira, Luana Pinheiro, Jeanny Posso, Michelle Redondo, María Camila Vega, and Simone Wajnman.
Universities, caregiver unions, health worker organizations, gender and Women centers and institutes, NGOs, international cooperation entities.
Relevant areas: Gender Studies, Social Work & Social Policy, Sociology & Anthropology, Economics & Political Science.
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