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ISBN: 1572304472Издательство: Guilford Press
How do science and politics interact in the definition of work-related injury and disease? How is worker safety affected by the overall power relations within society? The world today faces bewildering new choices about technology use, the organization of work, and methods of production. Far from taking place in a vacuum, these choices have life-and-death implications for working people and communities. This book integrates theory, data, and case examples to analyze workplace health and safety battles and the roles of such key players as labor, public health professionals, management, regulatory bodies, and the state. The book examines the point of production--where raw materials are fashioned into products--situating issues of occupational and environmental health within their political, economic, and social context. Providing an alternative to classical economic explanations, the authors also take a fresh new look at the point of production. They critically explore the rationale...