It's power, not pandemic: How identifying power structures enables emotional resilience during crisis caregiving

Krishnan, Preethi, Pillai, Priya, Venkatachalam, Suchitra and Kleinhenz, Payten R. (2023) It's power, not pandemic: How identifying power structures enables emotional resilience during crisis caregiving. In: Transcending Crisis by Attending to Care, Emotion, and Flourishing. Routledge, London, pp. 144-164. ISBN 9781003260332

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fault lines in societal structures that place immense burden – material and emotional – on marginalized communities. This chapter draws on a qualitative analysis of focus group discussions and interviews with 208 women from various communities – Muslims, Dalits (marginalized caste groups), women in sex work, women with disabilities – to address the question: What emotional practices do marginalized women engage in as they navigate the demands of care work during a crisis? Our analyses highlight three ways in which marginalized women from India navigate such emotional demands during a crisis: anticipatory emotion work, attributing distress to intersecting power structures, and solidarity as emotional care. Women engage in anticipatory emotion work to protect themselves from more severe emotional conflict and compensate for the absence of support. However, years of grassroots mobilization enabled some women to attribute the cause of their distress on intersecting social structures rather than engage in emotional regulation. Finally, these mobilization structures also enabled women to express solidarity as emotional care to those struggling through similar distress. In these emotional practices, we see communal resilience.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: COVID-19 | Marginalized Women | Emotional Demands | Power Structure
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 05:17
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 16:47
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