Quotation Reiss, Lea Katharina, Kozhevnikov, Andrew, Muhr, Sara Louise. 2021. Between Vulnerability and Resistance: How a Woman Copes with Dramatic Implications of COVID-19 in Russia. Gender, Work & Organization. 28 (2), 574-586.




During the summer of 2020, a woman in Russia not only contracted COVID‐19 herself but also lost her husband to virus‐related health complications and, later, lost her job. This article is based on interviews with her about vulnerability and ways of coping with the pandemic’s effects as the sole caregiver and breadwinner for her four‐year‐old child. Her ways of dealing with this chain of severe, life‐changing events inspired us to analyse her case through Judith Butler’s feminist lens of vulnerability, conceptualised as the very source of resistance. The results of the analysis illustrate vulnerability and emergent modes of resistance as gendered responsibilities of giving and receiving care, as well as the power of solidarity. Furthermore, the study shows how the political, social and economic context of Russia shapes gendered experiences of vulnerability and possibilities for resistance.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Gender, Work & Organization
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Between Vulnerability and Resistance: How a Woman Copes with Dramatic Implications of COVID-19 in Russia
Volume 28
Number 2
Year 2021
Page from 574
Page to 586
Reviewed? Y
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12695
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12695
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12695


Reiss, Lea Katharina (Details)
Kozhevnikov, Andrew (University of Bradford, United Kingdom)
Muhr, Sara Louise (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
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