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Introduction-Chapter 1

Beyond the Individual: Connecting Work Environment and Health
Deborah R. Gordon and Peter L. Schnall


CHAPTER 2 Economic Globalization and Its Effects on Labor
Chrisy Moutsatsos

CHAPTER 3 The Growing Imbalance: Class, Work, and Health in an Era of Increasing Inequality
Jeffrey V. Johnson

CHAPTER 4 The Changing Nature of Work in Canada and Other Developed Countries: What Do the Trends Over Time Tell Us?
Peter Smith and John Frank

CHAPTER 5 The Changing Nature of Work in the United States
Edward Yelin


CHAPTER 6 The Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease
Paul A. Landsbergis, Peter L. Schnall, and Marnie Dobson

CHAPTER 7 From Stress to Distress: The Impact of Work on Mental Health
Marnie Dobson and Peter L. Schnall

CHAPTER 8 Work, Ethnicity, and Health in California
Haiou Yang

CHAPTER 9 Work, Psychosocial Stressors, and the Bottom Line
Maritza Jauregui and Peter L. Schnall


CHAPTER 10 Stakeholder Perspectives on Work and Stress: Seeking Common Ground
Deborah R. Gordon, Maritza Jauregui, and Peter L. Schnall

CHAPTER 11 Interventions to Reduce Job Stress and Improve Work Organization and Worker Health
Paul A. Landsbergis

CHAPTER 12 Using Participatory Action Research Methodology to Improve Worker Health
Ellen Rosskam

CHAPTER 13 The MUNI Health and Safety Project: A 26-Year Union-Management Research Collaboration
Ray Antonio, June Fisher, and Ellen Rosskam

CHAPTER 14 Organizing and Collaborating to Reduce Hotel Workers' Injuries
Mike Casey and Ellen Rosskam

CHAPTER 15 The Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund: Combating Worker Exploitation and Unfair Competition through Collective Action with Responsible Employers
Lilia Garcia

CHAPTER 16 Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
Dean Baker, Marnie Dobson, and Peter L. Schnall

CHAPTER 17 Emotional Labor and the Pursuit of Happiness
Stephen Lloyd Smith

CHAPTER 18 Measuring the Protection of Workers' Health: A National Work Security Index
Ellen Rosskam


CHAPTER 19 Curing Unhealthy Work
Peter L. Schnall, Marnie Dobson, Ellen Rosskam, and Paul Landsbergis


About the Author

Peter Schnall is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where he directs the program in work organization and cardiovascular disease. He is a recognized expert and active researcher on the role of occupational stress in causing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schnall is also the director of a nonprofit foundation, the Center for Social Epidemiology, based in Venice, California, whose purpose is to educate the public about the health consequences of work stress. Marnie Dobson is a medical sociologist and is currently a research associate at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of California, Irvine, and associate director of the Center for Social Epidemiology in Venice, California. She received her Ph.D. in social science from the Department of Sociology at UC Irvine. Her research interests focus on gender and work, emotional labor, and work organization/psychosocial stressors and mental health outcomes. Ellen Rosskam is a policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, visiting senior fellow at the University of Surrey, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Work Environment Department, and principal at Rosskam International Development Consulting. She is a public health and social protection specialist, and is author of many books and scientific publications. Her latest book is Excess Baggage: Leveling the Load and Changing the Workplace (Baywood, 2007).

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