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    South Africa's Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis

    ISBN-10: 1847010598
    ISBN-13: 9781847010599
    Author(s): Jock McCulloch
    Description: South Africa's gold mines are the largest and historically among the most profitable in the world. Yet at what human cost? This book reveals how the mining industry, abetted by a minority state, hid a pandemic of silicosis for almost a century and  More...
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    Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 202
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.660

    South Africa's gold mines are the largest and historically among the most profitable in the world. Yet at what human cost? This book reveals how the mining industry, abetted by a minority state, hid a pandemic of silicosis for almost a century and allowed miners infected with tuberculosis to spread disease to rural communities in South Africa and to labour-sending states. In the twentieth century, South African mines twice faced a crisis over silicosis, which put its workers at risk of contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, often fatal. The first crisis, 1896-1912, saw the mining industry invest heavily in reducing dust and South Africa became renowned for its mine safety. The second began in 2000 with mounting scientific evidence that the disease rate among miners is more than a hundred times higher than officially acknowledged. The first crisis also focused upon disease among the minority white miners: the current crisis is about black migrant workers, and is subject to major class actions for compensation. Jock McCulloch was a Legislative Research Specialist for the Australian parliament and has taught at various universities. His books include Asbestos Blues.

    List of Photographs
    Preface: South Africa in the Twentieth Century
    Acknowledgments
    List of Abbreviations
    A Brief Chronology
    Gold Mining & Life-Threatening Disease
    Creating a Medical System
    Compensation
    A White Science
    Myth Making & the 1930 Silicosis Conference
    Tuberculosis & Tropical Labour
    Conflict over the Compensation System
    Healing Miners
    The Sick Shall Work
    Men Without Qualities
    Select Bibliography
    Index

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