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The Subjectivities and Politics of Occupational Risk


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1. Introduction and Research MethodsPart 1: Risk Subjectivities and Practices2. Identifying Hazards and Judging Risk3. Taking Risks or Taking a Stand: Interests, Power and IdentityPart 2: Case Studies of Health and Safety in Hard Rock Mining, Family Farming and Auto Parts Manufacturing 4. Transforming the Mining Labour Process: Transforming Risk and its Social Construction5. Reconstructing Miner Consent: Management Objectives and Strategies6. The Transformation and Fragmentation of Canadian Agriculture7. Health and Safety in Farming8. The Transformation of Production and Health and Safety in Auto Parts Manufacturing.9. Participation and Control in a Non-Union Auto Parts Firm10. Conclusion and Implications for Change

About the Author

Alan Hall recently retired from the Department of Sociology at Memorial University where he now holds an Honorary Research Professor position. His most recent 2020 publications are a co-authored book on employment standards published by University of Toronto Press, and an article in Economic and Industrial Democracy on vulnerable workers.


"Over the years, Alan Hall has made a significant contribution to this literature, especially with understandings based on research findings concerning how worker representatives act in order to deliver their roles effectively. Through the use of a mixture of theoretically informed, qualitative and quantitative methods, he, along with others, helped to establish a robust understanding of the ways in which representation and consultation on work health and safety risks and the arrangements to manage them can operate to give workers some chance that their voice may be heard. His ideas concerning "knowledge activism," for example, have been especially central to this understanding and useful in their application to a host of work situations beyond the Canadian contexts in which they were originally developed."David Walters, Cardiff University, UK

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