1st Edition

Women and COVID-19 A Clinical and Applied Sociological Focus on Family, Work and Community

Edited By Mariam Seedat-Khan, Johanna O. Zulueta Copyright 2024
    340 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Women and COVID-19: A Clinical and Applied Sociological Focus on Family, Work and Community focuses on women’s lived experiences amid the pandemic, emphasising migrant labourers, ethnic minorities, the poor and disenfranchised, the incarcerated, and victims of gender-based violence, to explore the impact of the pandemic on women.

    The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated pervasive gender inequalities in homes, schools, and workplaces in the developed world and the Global South. Female workers, particularly those from poor or ethnic minority backgrounds, were often the first to lose their jobs amidst unprecedented layoffs and economic uncertainty. National lockdowns and widespread restrictions blurred the boundaries between work and home life and increased the burden of domestic work on women within patriarchal societies. This so-called ‘new normal’ in everyday life also exposed women to increased levels of gender-based violence and the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 due to overcrowding. This edited volume includes contributions from leading applied and clinical sociologists working and living in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas and gives a global overview of the impact of the pandemic on women. Each chapter adopts an applied and clinical sociological approach in analysing gendered vulnerabilities. The volume innovatively uses personal accounts, including narratives, interviews, autoethnographies, and focus group discussions, to explore women’s lived experiences during the pandemic.

    This edited collection will greatly interest students, academics, and researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in gender and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    1. Women and COVID-19: A Clinical and Applied Sociological Focus on Family, Work, and Community

    Mariam Seedat-Khan and Johanna O. Zulueta


    Part I: Gender-Based Violence

    2. Intimate Partner Violence in Pandemic Times: The Experiences of Pregnant Women in Ibadan North, Oyo State, Nigeria

    Alabi Oluwatobi Joseph and Akindele Favour Atinuke

    3. COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence: Experiences of Zimbabwean Flood Victims

    Takunda Mathathu, Mariam Seedat-Khan, and Thomas Gumbo


    Part II: Health

    4. Autoethnography as a Lens to Understand Women and COVID-19 Care in South Africa

    Kezia Lewins

    5. Community Health Workers – COVID-19 Lived Experiences: The Case of Jharkhand, India

    Ujjwala Gupta

    6. The Association of People with Sickle Cell Disease (APEDFI) and Associated Black Women With in Ilhéus-BA (Brazil) During The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Sociological Analysis

    Flávia Alessandra de Souza and Maria Noemia das Neves Conceição

    7. Filipina Caregivers and Mental Health under COVID-19: Impacts of Transnational Obligations and Precarious Work on Migrant Care Workers in the United States of America

    Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Elaika Janin Celemen, Edwin Carlos, and Chloe Janelle Punsalan

    Part III: Work

    8. Supermarket Women Cashiers Closing Social Distancing Gaps: The Artificial World of Affective Labour?

    Amber Blake, Khayaat Fakier, and Marjorie L. Naidoo

    9. Lest We Forget the Individual behind the Successful Woman: Chronicles of Indonesian Domestic Workers in Malaysian Households

    Kalai Vaani Rajandram

    10. Deaf Women in Malaysia: The Unspoken Truth About Their Experiences And Challenges Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

    Wan Puspa Melati

    Part IV: Education

    11. Female Academics’ Career Progression and Motivation during COVID-19: An African Perspective

    Rashmi Watson, Upasana G. Singh and Chenicheri Sid Nair

    12. The Impact of Japanese Schools’ Policy Responses to COVID-19 on Filipino Women Assistant Language Teachers

    Tricia Abigail Santos Fermin and Johanna O. Zulueta

    13. The Educational Impact Of COVID-19 On Lone Mothers in The Global South

    Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh and Mariam Seedat-Khan

    Part V: Migration

    14. Women’s Memories in Brazilian Pandemic Times: Narratives of Migrants to Reframe Histories

    Fernanda Coelho Liberali, Viviane Letícia Silva Carrijo, Daniela Aparecida Vieira, Joyce Suellen Lopes Dias, and Vanessa Cristina da Cunha Caires

    15. Impact of COVID-19 on Policy and Support Services for Migrant Women Experiencing DV in Semi-Rural Areas of the UK

    Loreen Chikwira and Alicja Blada Edgeley

    16. At whose cost? Vulnerable Female Migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) during the COVID-19 Crisis in England

    Benedicte Brahic, Kim Heyes, and Shoba Arun

    Part VI: Adversity and Resilience

    17. Women Behind Bars in the United States: A Hidden and Vulnerable Population in Pandemic Times

    Daniela Jauk-Ajamie

    18. Food or Data: The Realities of the Online Teaching Transition during COVID-19 in South Africa

    Mariam Seedat-Khan, Quraisha Dawood and Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh

    Part VII: Conclusion: Interventions and Change

    19. New Clinical Sociology for a Post-COVID World

    Jayanathan Govender and Usha Rana

    20. Reflections on COVID-19: Interventions and Changes

    Mariam Seedat-Khan and Johanna O. Zulueta


    Mariam Seedat-Khan is Professor of Sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she is head of the clinical sociology postgraduate programme. She is also a visiting professor at Taylor’s University, Malaysia, vice president-elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) and an executive member of the Clinical Sociology Research Committee (RC46) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). She is an NRF-rated researcher and certified clinical sociologist who explores applied and clinical teaching and learning disabilities. She is the author of Domestic Workers and Socialisation in South Africa (2009) and co-editor of Sociology: A South African Perspective (2016).

    Johanna O. Zulueta is Professor of Sociology at Toyo University, Japan. She is also a visiting professor at Taylor’s University, Malaysia, and a member of the steering committee of the Philippine Migration Research Network (PMRN). Her research explores issues of gender, ethnicity, and immigration in East and Southeast Asia. She is the author of Transnational Identities on Okinawa’s Military Bases: Invisible Armies (2020), and Okinawan Women's Stories of Migration: From War Brides to Issei (Routledge, 2022), and editor of Thinking Beyond the State: Migration, Integration, and Citizenship in Japan and the Philippines (2018) and co-editor of Japan: Migration and a Multicultural Society (2014).