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Title: TRAGEDY UNFOLDING: THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES OF MIGRANT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: LEE SER HAN ANDREW
Keywords: deaths, injuries, accidents, fatalities, migrant workers, construction
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2019
Citation: LEE SER HAN ANDREW (2019-08-21). TRAGEDY UNFOLDING: THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES OF MIGRANT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation takes fatalities and injuries of migrant construction workers as its object and event of study. In spite of the everyday language of 'accidents' that surround workplace fatalities and injuries, the dissertation argues that such fatalities and injuries are socially produced, facilitated, and enabled by social, economic, and political conditions, policies, and actors. This creates an 'expectable environment' where migrant lives and limb are jeopardised. Surrounding this is an accompanying climate that sustains and iterates into this expectable environment of maiming, simultaneously managing it away from the structural causes. Employers, the media, and the state treat maiming impersonally and the Singapore state remains wilfully blind to conditions productive of maiming. In this complex environment of oppression and harm, responsibility becomes difficult to assign. Non-state actors like migrant NGOs then enter with socio-political-ethical obligations to affect conditions to secure life for the worker in a host country that is distanced from and indifferent to its guests. Thus, this dissertation surfaces a more politicised and socialised discourse to understand the (fatal) injuries migrant construction workers in Singapore suffer.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/163158
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