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Occupational health and safety in the global garment industry.

Neveling, P., 2024. Occupational health and safety in the global garment industry. In: Primrose, D., Loeppky, R. and Chang, R., eds. The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Health and Healthcare. London: Routledge, 177-189. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.4324/9781003017110

Abstract

This handbook provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the gamut of contemporary issues around health and healthcare from a political economy perspective. Patrick Neveling‘s chapter is an analysis of (the lack of) occupational health and safety in the textile and garment industry revisits key academic publications on the global historical developments in the sectors since around 1800 and outlines future research options on four spatio-temporal features for securing capital accumulation and worker exploitation in the sector. A historical-realist analysis of past and present developments in occupational health and safety in the global textile and garment sector uncovers that this industrial sector has a long history of deliberately opting for the “sick role” as corporations and regulators persistently ignore threats to workers’ occupational health and safety, while seeking to evade critical scrutiny of working conditions. In shifting the analysis of health and safety from the scale of individual workers and factories to the scale of the industrial sector and employing a historical-realist perspective, the chapter reveals four spatio-temporal features undergirding the accumulation of capital in global textile and garment manufacturing; lack of investment in technological innovation, undervalued and unsafe labor, intransparent subcontracting networks, and racialized exploitation.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9780367861360, 0367861364, 9781003017110
Series Name:Routledge Handbooks
Number of Pages:12
Edition:1st
Additional Information:This handbook provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the gamut of contemporary issues around health and healthcare from a political economy perspective. Patrick Neveling‘s chapter is an analysis of (the lack of) occupational health and safety in the textile and garment industry revisits key academic publications on the global historical developments in the sectors since around 1800 and outlines future research options on four spatio-temporal features for securing capital accumulation and worker exploitation in the sector. A historical-realist analysis of past and present developments in occupational health and safety in the global textile and garment sector uncovers that this industrial sector has a long history of deliberately opting for the “sick role” as corporations and regulators persistently ignore threats to workers’ occupational health and safety, while seeking to evade critical scrutiny of working conditions. In shifting the analysis of health and safety from the scale of individual workers and factories to the scale of the industrial sector and employing a historical-realist perspective, the chapter reveals four spatio-temporal features undergirding the accumulation of capital in global textile and garment manufacturing; lack of investment in technological innovation, undervalued and unsafe labor, intransparent subcontracting networks, and racialized exploitation.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Anthropology; Economic history; Health; Social Sciences; Garment industry; Textile industry; Employment; Occupational safety
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39350
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Feb 2024 15:11
Last Modified:19 Feb 2024 13:07

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