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Occupational Health and Social Estrangement in China

Ho, Wing-Chung

978 1 5261 1361 0
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110.00 USD
75.00 GBP
87.75 EUR

Publication date:
1 December 2017

Short description: 

This book aims to explore the lived experience of workers suffering from occupational diseases in contemporary China through a corpus of qualitative, ethnographic data solicited from about one hundred peasant-workers. -- .

Full description: 

This book concerns the post-illness experiences of about a hundred occupationally sick workers who suffer from the incurable diseases of pneumoconiosis or heavy metal poisoning in contemporary China. In exploring their struggles and conflicts in their private and social lives, at and away from home, the author hopes to show how the sufferers structure their own lives, their freedoms, rights, and constraints, and how they think and feel about their actions of acquiescence, compromise, resistance, and protest within the existing power relations. Informed by a framework that connects governmentality and the lifeworld of the victim, the books endeavors to shed new empirical and theoretical light on how the socially marginalized encounter and understand domination in everyday life in the specific context of China now and in the foreseeable future. -- .

Table of contents: 

Introduction Part I: Life in perspective 1. Facts, theoretical gaze, & journeys 2. Sick workers as homines sacri Part II: Responses to marginality 3. Cadmium-poisoned women: contesting for sick-role status 4. Pneumoconiosis-afflicted workers: towards rightful resistance 5. Coalminers: the compromising citizenry Part III: Sick life governed 6. Law as a technique of governmentality 7. The future of Chinese marginality Index -- .


Wing-Chung Ho is Associate Professor at Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong -- .




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