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Research on working-from-home has largely focused on middle class mothers pursuing corporate careers in countries in the Global North. There is little to no research on the experiences of women situated in the Global South who are inchoately adapting to working-from-home, most recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to participate in the global economy. The proposed project addressed this gap through a study with lower middle class women, employed in the expanding e-commerce sector, and working-from-home in Delhi, India. Using in-person interviews and digital diaries, it explored how women negotiate their subjectivities as workers while lacking both physical (space, equipment, internet) and social (rest, care, time) infrastructure at home. Proposing the three-dimensional framework of ‘work-from/at/for-home’, the project will demonstrated the interconnections between work, home, and life conditions, contributing to discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on gender, technology, and the future of work beyond the Global North. 

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