Cadmium-poisoned women
Contesting for sick role status
in Occupational health and social estrangement in China
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The narratives of cadmium-poisoned workers suggest that they usually find themselves in situations where specific rules and regulations are enforced, but their rights are being exploited. For instance, cadmium poisoning is stipulated in the national laws as an occupational disease, but it is not allied or associated with any scheme to ensure proper compensation. The employer indeed would follow the court ruling to provide workers with healthcare subsidies, but would offer health supplements that were of poor quality and milk powder that was toxic. Workers had the constitutional right to protest, but would receive no positive treatment from the local government, police, and hospital when faced with violent suppression. Under these circumstances, the sick workers are turned into homines sacri and their experience of estrangement may be understood in terms of a "state of exception" in which the law is "in force without signifying".


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