Italy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to official data by the Italian National Institute of Health (as of July 22, 2020), more than 34,000 patients, mostly elderly men, have died of COVID-19. The majority of these deaths (82 percent) are concentrated in the Northern regions. This study investigates Italy’s North–South dichotomy, exploring differences in social norms and family habits among Italian regions from a feminist perspective. Relying on time-use data, it analyzes whether family roles have protected elderly people from the pandemic in the South as compared to the North. The paper emphasizes the need to recognize the value of care and support unpaid care work performed by elderly people within and across households. Further, the paper argues for the need to consider the changing conditions of eldercare and contributes to the growing debate about its quality in Italy and elsewhere.

A feminist reading of Italy’s North–South dualism in the wake of COVID-19 / Aloe', Erica; Corsi, Marcella; Zacchia, Giulia. - In: FEMINIST ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1354-5701. - (2021). [10.1080/13545701.2021.1876904]

A feminist reading of Italy’s North–South dualism in the wake of COVID-19

Erica Aloé
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Marcella Corsi
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Giulia Zacchia
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2021

Abstract

Italy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to official data by the Italian National Institute of Health (as of July 22, 2020), more than 34,000 patients, mostly elderly men, have died of COVID-19. The majority of these deaths (82 percent) are concentrated in the Northern regions. This study investigates Italy’s North–South dichotomy, exploring differences in social norms and family habits among Italian regions from a feminist perspective. Relying on time-use data, it analyzes whether family roles have protected elderly people from the pandemic in the South as compared to the North. The paper emphasizes the need to recognize the value of care and support unpaid care work performed by elderly people within and across households. Further, the paper argues for the need to consider the changing conditions of eldercare and contributes to the growing debate about its quality in Italy and elsewhere.
2021
eldercare; family cohesion; dualism; time use; COVID-19; Italy
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A feminist reading of Italy’s North–South dualism in the wake of COVID-19 / Aloe', Erica; Corsi, Marcella; Zacchia, Giulia. - In: FEMINIST ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1354-5701. - (2021). [10.1080/13545701.2021.1876904]
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