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Oral history, subjectivity, and environmental reality: occupational health histories in twentieth-century scotland

Johnston, R. and McIvor, A.J. (2004) Oral history, subjectivity, and environmental reality: occupational health histories in twentieth-century scotland. In: OSIRIS:Landscapes of Exposure: Knowledge and Illness in Modern Environments. Osiris, 2nd Series, 19 . JSTOR, United States, pp. 234-249. ISBN 0–226–53251–8

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Abstract

This essay uses oral histories of dust disease in twentieth-century Scotland to illustrate the ways in which such history can illuminate how the working environment and work cultures affect workers' bodies and how workers come to terms with the ill-health caused by their employment. It emphasizes the agency of the interpreter but argues further that oral histories of dust disease in twentieth-century Scotland are simultaneously influenced by, and evidence for, material conditions. The essay explores the notion that the bodies, not just the voices of interviewees, are material testament to health-corroding work practices, cultures, and habitat. The focus is the problems caused by the inhalation of coal and asbestos dust.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 18227
Keywords: oral history, health history, environmental, 20th century, Scotland, Great Britain, History (General)
Subjects: History General and Old World > Great Britain
History General and Old World > History (General)
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 16:37
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 16:20
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/18227

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