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COVID-19 foodwork, race, gender, class and food justice: an intersectional feminist analysis

Elaine Swan (Department of Business Management and Economics, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 25 November 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020




The purpose of this paper is to consider the implications of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for future research on intersection feminist studies of foodwork.


This paper offers a brief summary of feminist domestic foodwork research and COVID-19 food-related media commentary, focusing on race, gender and class.


This paper shows how domestic foodwork during pandemic lockdowns and the wider contexts reproduced racial, classed and gendered inequalities and hierarchies.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is limited by the recency of the pandemic and lack of empirical studies but still offers recommendations for a post-pandemic intersectional feminist agenda for studies and policy interventions relation to domestic foodwork.


The paper raises the importance of foodwork for feminist organisational studies, and how it consolidated and created racialised, gendered and classed inequalities during the pandemic, offering insights for future research and policy interventions around food and labour.



Swan, E. (2020), "COVID-19 foodwork, race, gender, class and food justice: an intersectional feminist analysis", Gender in Management, Vol. 35 No. 7/8, pp. 693-703.



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