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Subject/Keyword
Brazil
occupational health
development
asbestos
families
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Sentes, Kyla Elizabeth
Supervisor and department
Fudson, Fred (Political Science)
Kipp, Walter (Public Health Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Kaler, Amy (Sociology)
Abu-Laban, Yasmeen (Political Science)
Beach, Jeremy (Public Health Sciences)
Lippel, Katherine (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law)
Department
Political Science, Public Health Sciences
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Date accepted
2010-01-08T16:34:15Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
This work seeks to expand understandings regarding the impact of occupational illnesses and injuries on development. It identifies a marked lack of attention to the safety of workplaces in international policy, which belies the importance of occupational health concerns in creating sustainable and effective development policies. Using a materialist epidemiological framework of analysis, I argue that traditional development paradigms have failed to take into account the importance of quality of employment when determining policies for and in the Global South. The case study of the asbestos industry in Brazil is provided to illustrate the physiological, political, and socioeconomic effects that occupational illnesses may have in society. By examining how family members are affected by their interactions with the Brazilian asbestos industry in those three areas, I identify a far-reaching and under-examined burden created by the presence of unsafe workplaces. I conclude that development policies that ignore occupational health concerns ultimately serve to perpetuate structured social and economic inequalities and contribute to ongoing poverty in the Global South. Significant theoretical and practical re-orientations by both policy-makers and researchers are needed if meaningful improvements in development policy are to occur that take into account the importance of workplace quality.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3HQ3W
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License granted by Kyla Sentes (ksentes@ualberta.ca) on 2010-01-08T01:34:25Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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