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South Africa's Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis

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ISBN-10: 1847010598

ISBN-13: 9781847010599

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jock McCulloch

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660

List of Photographs
Preface: South Africa in the Twentieth Century
List of Abbreviations
A Brief Chronology
Gold Mining & Life-Threatening Disease
Creating a Medical System
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
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