The Politics of Asbestos: Understandings of Risk, Disease and Protest (Pathways to Sustainability) (Paperback)

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Around the world, asbestos-related diseases are on the increase. Meanwhile, in many newly-industrializing and developing countries, asbestos use continues unabated. This book, based on anthropological fieldwork in the UK, India and South Africa, explores people's understandings of their illness, risk, compensation and regulation, contrasting these personal and community narratives with formal medical and legal understandings.

Linda Waldman shows how the domination of medical and legal framings of risk and disease over those of workers, sufferers and activists can narrow the responses chosen by government. This provides important lessons for researchers, policy makers and regulators, demonstrating that opening up to alternative understandings can create more effective policy responses to move towards sustainability and social justice.

Published in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

About the Author


Linda Waldman is a Research Fellow in the Knowledge, Technology and Society Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University. She is a social anthropologist whose research areas include indigenous identity and nationalism, environmental pollution, and asbestos disease and its socio-cultural ramifications.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781849711081
ISBN-10: 1849711089
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 18th, 2011
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Pathways to Sustainability