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Health and Safety in Contemporary Britain

Society, Legitimacy, and Change since 1960

Authors: Almond, Paul, Esbester, Mike

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  • Charts the development of modern British health and safety, in response to ideas around risk society, managerialism, regulatory capitalism, and demographic and economic changes in the workplace
  • Draws on interviews, detailed archival research, and a review of both academic and policy literature
  • Contextualises recent debates over voluntarism and identity, the limits of political consensus, and the commercialisation of health and safety
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This book analyses the perceived legitimacy of health and safety in post-1960 British public life. Since 2010 health and safety has appeared to be in crisis, being attacked by press, politicians and public alike, but are these claims of crisis accurate? How have understandings of health and safety changed over the past 60 years? By exploring the history, culture, and operation of health and safety in contemporary Britain, this book provides a new assessment of an understudied, but surprisingly far-reaching, part of the British political and social landscape. Combining archival research with focus group, social survey and oral history testimony, the book examines the historical background to health and safety, how health and safety has been enacted in public and in the workplace, the impact of changing economic, occupational and social structures on the operation of health and safety, and the conflicts and interests that have shaped the area.

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Paul Almond is Professor of Law at the University of Reading, UK. His research explores the interrelationship of the criminal law, corporate criminology and regulation and governance studies, and is particularly concerned with issues of health and safety regulation and workplace fatality and disaster. He is the author of Corporate Manslaughter and Regulatory Reform (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Mike Esbester is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His research focuses on the history of risk, safety and accident prevention in modern Britain. He co-edited (with Tom Crook) Governing Risks in Modern Britain: Danger, Safety and Accidents, c.1800-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and is now producing a monograph on British railway worker safety, 1871-1948.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03970-7
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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health and Safety in Contemporary Britain
Book Subtitle
Society, Legitimacy, and Change since 1960
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03970-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03970-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03969-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 317
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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