Chapter

The Body of Work

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks

in The State of Health

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695676
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695676.003.0006
The Body of Work

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The Nazis promised a utopia of meaningful and healthy communal work for a social class they basically mistrusted. Instead, labour in the Third Reich was comprised of state discipline over an atomized workforce mobilized for arms production. Rates of injury, disability, and illness increased while rates of compensation, treatment, and recuperation were reduced. The regime increased medical control in the factories to combat worker recourse to sickness as a means of coping with stress, exhaustion, injury, and illness. From the beginning the Nazis also used concentration camp labour under conditions of extreme deprivation, sickness, and injury as punishment as well as an additional source of labour.

Keywords: working class; atomization; injury; disability; illness; productivity; avoidance; medical control; slave labour

Chapter.  8603 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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