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Investigating ‘community’ through a history of responses to asbestos-related disease in an Australian industrial region

Hunter, Cecily and LaMontagne, Anthony D 2008, Investigating ‘community’ through a history of responses to asbestos-related disease in an Australian industrial region, Social history of medicine, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 361-379, doi: 10.1093/shm/hkn033.

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Title Investigating ‘community’ through a history of responses to asbestos-related disease in an Australian industrial region
Author(s) Hunter, Cecily
LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Journal name Social history of medicine
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 361
End page 379
Total pages 19
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0951-631X
Keyword(s) Community
Asbestos
Occupational health
Public health
Social medicine
Summary The government of the State of Victoria has been slow to acknowledge the social costs of asbestos-related diseases (ARD) in the Latrobe Valley. Despite the emphasis on ‘community’ in the discipline of public health and in public health services since the 1970s, ARD was only recognised as a community-wide health problem because of the advocacy of people directly affected by it. An historical view of responses to ARD in a community established as an appendage to the publicly owned power industry and infused with an ethic of public service, shows that contests over the definition of ‘community’ lay at the heart of these responses. It also shows that such disputes did not arise only from the reluctance of authorities to acknowledge the problems resulting from the extensive use of asbestos in power stations. The paper highlights the political nature of the notion of ‘community’ and in doing so raises questions that have implications beyond its narrow regional focus.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkn033
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061300

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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