Risk negotiations in the mines of Potosí: implications for rethinking current Health and Safety approaches

Trueba, Mei L (2022) Risk negotiations in the mines of Potosí: implications for rethinking current Health and Safety approaches. In: Świtek, Beata, Abramson, Allen and Swee, Hannah (eds.) Extraordinary risks, ordinary lives: logics of precariousness in everyday contexts. Critical studies in risk and uncertainty . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 63-90. ISBN 9783030839611

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Abstract

It is generally agreed that knowledge of the causes and consequences of a particular risk influences how people prepare for and respond to it. Ethnographic research in Potosí (Bolivia) shows however a more complex scenario, in which miners simultaneously face a number of physical and socio-economic risks and uncertainties that must be carefully weighed against each other. Miners often have little or no control over most of these risks that affect them, and health and safety risks are only a small group of concerns. Prone to take health risks at work as a strategy to manage other risks that simultaneously affect them, the Potosí’s miners are well aware of the potential losses of taking these risks, but also of the potential gains of their decisions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: occupational health, risk perception, risk management, ethnography, Bolivia
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Research Centres and Groups: Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6050 Classes of labour Including women, children, students, middle-aged and older persons, minorities
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD7260 Industrial hygiene. Industrial welfare
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD8031 Labour in politics. Political activity of the working class
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD9000 Special industries and trades > HD9506 Mineral and metal industries
Depositing User: Mei Trueba
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 07:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68105
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