Pneumoconiosis-afflicted workers
Toward rightful resistance
in Occupational health and social estrangement in China
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The author's extended observations in the field across different locations suggest that the vast majority of pneumoconiosis sufferers who had worked in factories in the coastal region are poisers or retreatists (forty out of forty-eight). What he means is that while the proportion of those with critical health conditions is difficult to ascertain, only a small proportion exhibits adaptation and transcendence when facing marginalization. Such a response pattern is undoubtedly determined by various factors at the individual and family levels, such as personality traits, the pathogenicity of the disease, educational level (knowledge of the legal terms), and household finances. However, this response pattern also reflects wider structural forces in society, which shape their attitudes and structure of preference, and subsequently their post-illness life trajectories. The author considers that sick workers tend to strategize their pursuit of compensation toward the mode of "rightful resistance".


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