Vol. 11 No. 22: Upcoming
Monographic Section

Being a nomad in one’s home: The case of Italian women during Covid-19

Published August 3, 2022
Keywords
  • COVID-19,
  • gendered spaces,
  • traditiona gender roles,
  • housework,
  • smart work
How to Cite
Samuk, S., & Burchi, S. (2022). Being a nomad in one’s home: The case of Italian women during Covid-19 . Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 11(22). https://doi.org/10.36253/cambio-10778

Abstract

How did women relate to space and time when working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? We contextualized women’s relationships with their home spaces as they became nomads in their own homes during the lockdown. In face-to-face focus-group interviews conducted with 50 women who had experience with smart work or telework in Tuscany, Italy, we observed a range of strategies among women who dealt with forced closures during COVID-19. Justification and acceptance of inequality became a part of the daily life of the women, who fought against unequal distribution of time and space via negotiation, evidence, adaptation, or requests to return to workplaces. During COVID-19, Italian working women were in search of space and time in their own homes, trying relentlessly to respond to the demands of their families and fulfil work-related requirements.

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