Quotation Sardadvar, Karin. 2022. Ambivalent (In)Visibility: Commercial Cleaning Work during the Covid-19 Crisis in Austria. In: Covid, Crisis, Care, and Change? International Gender Perspectives on Re/Production, State and Feminist Transitions, Hrsg. Antonia Kupfer, Constanze Stutz, 31-44. Leverkusen Opladen: Barbara Budrich.


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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, some jobs became publicly highlighted as ‘essential’ or ‘key’ work. In German-speaking countries, this discourse focuses on the so-called ‘system-relevant’ work (see also Grenz/Günster and Dudley in this volume). Even if the terms differ, they basically refer to jobs that are indispensable for basic human needs and the functioning of society. Among them are jobs in care and medicine, schools and teaching, and critical infrastructure such as public transport and waste disposal. Cleaning is another of these system-relevant professions. Cleaning work is necessary for the functioning of a society and its economy. What, then, does the new attention to key work in the context of the pandemic mean for cleaning work? What does it imply for the working conditions of cleaners during the pandemic and in the future? How is the cleaning sector faring in the crisis? In this paper, I will take a closer look at these questions. The objective is to shed light on work in a sector that often remains invisible (Sardadvar 2019) and has particularly bad employment conditions (see section 2 in this paper), and to see how the pandemic has affected it.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Ambivalent (In)Visibility: Commercial Cleaning Work during the Covid-19 Crisis in Austria
Title of whole publication Covid, Crisis, Care, and Change? International Gender Perspectives on Re/Production, State and Feminist Transitions
Editor Antonia Kupfer, Constanze Stutz
Page from 31
Page to 44
Location Leverkusen Opladen
Publisher Barbara Budrich
Year 2022
Reviewed? Y
URL https://shop.budrich.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/9783847416777.pdf
ISBN 978-3-8474-2541-0
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://shop.budrich.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/9783847416777.pdf

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Split shifts and the fragmentation of working lives
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Sardadvar, Karin (Details)
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Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5400 Sociology (Details)
5402 General sociology (Details)
5429 Genealogy (Details)
5433 Gender studies (Details)
5904 Ergonomics (Details)
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