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Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures (Critical Approaches in the Health, Social Sciences) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0895033352
ISBN-10: 0895033356
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We have a winner in our Best Labor Book of 2009 poll. By a huge majority it s Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures , edited by Peter L. Schnall, Marnie Dobson, and Ellen Rosskam. Why did this book gain a full 49% of the vote? We will have a full review in the next newsletter, but in the meantime here s a couple of quotes that might help you see where the authors are coming from: The ways in which work is organized... can be as toxic or benign to the health of workers over time as the chemicals they breathe in the workplace air. (quoting Erich Fromm, 50 years ago): ...economy must become the servant for the development of man. Capital must serve labour; things must serve life. As work has changed, so have work-related health risks. There are not many unions or OHS reps who could claim to have kept up with this change. Reading this book can change all that, and help us rethink our model of safety culture for a globalized world. It s that good. --The New Unionism Network

If you are looking for a great Health and Safety gift for a union sister or brother, I recommend the book Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures edited by Peter L. Snall, Marnie Dobson and Ellen Rosskam. I have read the book and enjoyed it immensely. --Ed Watt, Director of Health & Safety for the Transport Workers' Union of America

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. <P> 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. <P> 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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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Approaches in the Health, Social Sciences
  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895033356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895033352
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By evdubs on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Drawing on international research from public health, social policy, epidemiology, geography and political science, this book systematically demonstrates that work and worklessness are central to our health and wellbeing and are the underlying determinants of health inequalities. The material and psychosocial conditions in which we work have immense consequences for our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as for the distribution of population health. Recessions, job-loss, insecurity and unemployment also have important ramifications for the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Chronic illness is itself a significant cause of worklessness and low pay.

This book demonstrates that countries with a more regulated work environment and a more interventionist and supportive welfare system have better health and smaller work-related health inequalities. Specific examples of policies and interventions that can mitigate the ill-health effects of work and worklessness are examined and the book concludes by asserting the importance of politics and policy choices in the aetiology of health and health inequalities.

"I strongly recommend this volume as a way of stimulating a change of direction in the literature on the determinants of health and health inequalities" from the Foreword by Professor Vicente Navarro, The Johns Hopkins University, USA.

-Clare Bambra
Professor of Public Health Policy, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University, UK.
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