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Organizational Strategies of Work and Care in Terms of the Pandemic: Experience of Working Mothers with Pre-school and Primary School-age Children

Student: Meri Chachibaya

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new daily routine. Due to quarantine and self-isolation, employers were forced to transfer their employees to work from home, kindergartens were closed, schools and universities were transferred to distant work. This led to the fact that working mothers had to combine paid work with unpaid work in the same space, that is, in their apartment or in their home. The focus of this work is strategies for the care and work of working mothers with children of preschool and primary school age in the context of a pandemic in St. Petersburg. Based on 20 in-depth interviews with working mothers, care and work strategies were identified and typologized. Based on 20 in-depth interviews with working mothers, three types of strategies for the care and work were distinguished: «forced», «traditional» and «egalitarian»

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