Introduction: The Global Spread of Risk


in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI:
 Introduction: The Global Spread of Risk

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This introductory chapter sets the tone of the book by explaining its unique approach to work and health. Previous occupational health research and policy have focused on the individual's exposure to risk at the workplace, and significant progress has been made in this regard, particularly in industrialized countries. However, as firms increasingly relocate to developing countries with fewer regulations, the importance of research focusing on these countries is growing. In addition, an exclusive focus on individuals neglects the important impacts of working conditions on families and societies. This book looks in detail at how working conditions globally are affecting the health of families and societies, as well as individuals, in the context of globalization. It also explores the interconnections between health and societal inequalities. The chapter also provides a detailed overview of the book's contents.

Keywords: work; working conditions; occupational health; inequalities; health; global; families

Chapter.  5269 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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