Covid-19 as a breakdown in the texture of social practices

Michela Cozza, Silvia Gherardi, Valeria Graziano, Janet Johansson , Mathilde Mondon-Navazo , Annalisa Murgia, Kim Trogal

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‘A lot of things need to be repaired and a lot of relationships are in need of a knowledgeable mending. Can we start to talk/write about them?’ This invitation — sent by one of the authors to the others — led us, as feminist women in academia, to join together in an experimental writing about the effects of COVID-19 on daily social practices and on potential (and innovative) ways for repairing work in different fields of social organization. By diffractively intertwining our embodied experiences of becoming together-with Others, we foreground a multiplicity of repair (care) practices COVID-19 is making visible. Echoing one another, we take a stand and say that we need to prevent the future from becoming the past. We are not going back to the past; our society has already changed and there is a need to cope with innovation and repairing practices that do not reproduce the past.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-208
Number of pages19
JournalGender, Work & Organization
Issue numberS1
Early online date8 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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© 2020 The Authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant Number: 715950


  • care
  • diffraction
  • invisibility
  • mending
  • repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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