It's OK not to be OK: Shared Reflections from two PhD Parents in a Time of Pandemic

Abdellatif, Amal and Gatto, Mark (2020) It's OK not to be OK: Shared Reflections from two PhD Parents in a Time of Pandemic. Gender, Work & Organization. ISSN 0968-6673 (In Press)

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Adopting an intersectional feminist lens, we explore our identities as single and co-parents thrust into the new reality of the UK COVID-19 lock-down. As two PhD students, we present shared reflections on our intersectional and divergent experiences of parenting and our attempts to protect our work and families during a pandemic. We reflect on the social constructions of 'masculinities' and 'emphasised femininities' (Connell, 2005) as complicated influence on our roles as parents. Finally, we highlight the importance of time and self-care as ways of managing our shared realities during this uncertain period. Through sharing reflections, we became closer friends in mutual appreciation and solidarity as we learned about each other’s struggles and vulnerabilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parents, Single-Parenting, Intersectionality, Masculinities, Feminism, Vulnerability
Subjects: L300 Sociology
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 15:28
Last Modified: 19 May 2020 10:15

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