COVID-19 and the Kin Contract: Navigating the Family and the State During the Pandemic


  • Cortney Hughes Rinker George Mason University
  • M. Aspen Bataille George Mason University
  • Loumarie Figueroa Ortiz George Mason University



kin contract, family, the state, COVID-19, child care, elder care




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COVID-19 and Aging Bodies