Covid-19 and Mutual Aid: prefigurative approaches to caring?

  • Marjorie Mayo Goldsmiths, University of London
Keywords: Covid-19, Mutual aid, Caring


The growth of mutual aid has been amongst the more positive outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic. So much for the neoliberal view of humans as rational individuals, focused on the pursuit of their own self-interests, whatever the needs of others. The phenomenal growth of mutual aid initiatives has not been confined to Britain either. On the contrary, in fact. Tens of thousands of mutual aid networks and projects have emerged throughout the world. Whilst recognising and warmly celebrating their achievements, this article sets these within the framework of wider debates about civil society and the future of the Welfare State, within the context of increasing marketisation. 


Author Biography

Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London

Emeritus professor of Community Development at Goldsmiths, University of London

How to Cite
Mayo, M. (2023) “Covid-19 and Mutual Aid: prefigurative approaches to caring?”, Concept, 13(3), pp. 1-9. Available at: (Accessed: 19April2024).