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Re: [xmca] moral denial

How about the relations of coal mining communities to coal dust, etc?
Googling for chat and coal mining seems to come up with some results.

Perhaps a combination of cognitive dissonance and identification/social
esteem through personal sacrifice?

Not that I think workers who come into contact with asbestos particular
lean upon it in this way, but I do know that generations of builders
commonly have an 'acceptance' of the way of life that regularly brings them
into contact with harmful substances that are, for example, known to be
carcinogenic upon frequent exposure.  Smoking would be another one.  Or how
about deep sea divers paid for the additional known long term health
problems.  Weird and scary sense of exchanging ones health for pay --
perhaps the ultimate statement, when willingly performed, that 'this is
where I belong'?

Is this always denial though, or is it more a case of other parallel
considerations along the lines of "I do not live the life of a bean
counter, I take it as it comes"?


On 27 December 2011 03:47, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> I am considering doing some work with an historian who has written the
> history of an asbestos plant and its community. Does anyone know of any
> work done, preferably in the CHAT tradition, on the opposite of a moral
> panic, what we could call, I suppose, "moral denial"? There is lot about
> management cover-up, even stuff about panic over asbestos, medical
> evidence, and "living with asbestos," but nothing about how a whole
> comunity can keep on working with asbestos when the lethal nature of the
> material was already public knowledge, until half the town had died of or
> contracted asbestosis. We have lots of ideas, but like to know if anyone
> else has looked at this.
> Any hints?
> Andy
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