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At the Point of Production

The Social Analysis of Occupational and Environmental Health, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles Levenstein


252 pages

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"At the Point of Production", a compilation of contributions to "New Solutions Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Policy", locates workers' health and safety problems in the broad political economy. It argues that without a deep understanding of the social/political/economic context of particular industries or workplaces, we cannot fully grasp the process of recognition and control of industrial hazards. The contributors report on a series of case studies, all of which used the 'point of production' framework to investigate particular problems or industries.The focus of the first section is on globalization, the impact of privatization on the health and safety of workers and communities in Brazil and Mexico. The next section addresses environmental issues: the unintended effects of environmental regulation on workers, the situation of hazardous waste workers and emergency responders, the implementation of toxics use reduction, and the role of workers in pollution prevention. In the third section the contributors explore the intersection of labor relations with gender relations at the point of production. A final chapter deals with some of the practical issues involved in conducting occupational health research in the contested terrain of the workplace.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Charles Levenstein


Chapter 1. Work and Health in the Global Economy: Lessons from Developing and Industrialized Countries on the Impact of Work on Health

C. Eduardo Siqueira, Blanca Lemus, and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 2. New Points of Production: Homework and Shoemaking in Asia

Pia Markkanen and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 3. Robbers Aboard: Workplace Violence and (In)Security in Public Transport in Salvador, Brazil

Eduardo Paes Machado and Charles Levenstein


Chapter 4. The Story of the Alar Ban: Politics and Unforeseen Consequences

Beth Rosenberg

Chapter 5. Health and Safety Organizing: OCAW'S Worker-to-Worker Health and Safety Training Program

Craig Slatin

Chapter 6. Low-Hanging Fruit: Social Values and Industry Discretion in Toxics Use Reduction Policy

Richard Campbell and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 7. Joint Occupational and Environmental Pollution Prevention Strategies: A Model for Primary Prevention

Karla Armenti, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Craig Slatin, and Ken Geiser


Chapter 8. Sexual Harassment: Labor Relations by Other Means

Eve Spangler

Chapter 9. Gender and Cleaner Production: Toward a Framework for Including Gender Analysis When Developing Strategies and Designing Solutions

Sally Edwards and Margaret Quinn

Chapter 10. The Boston-Area HASWIC Research Circle: An Innovative Participatory Method for Coloring in the Picture of a Special Work Environment

Susan Moir and Lenore S. Azaroff


Chapter 11. Good Practice Guidelines for Occupational Health Research Funded by the Private Sector

Margaret Quinn, Charles Levenstein, and Gregory F. DeLaurier


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Work, Health and Environment Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health