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Turning public issues into private troubles: lead contamination, domestic labor, and the exploitation of womens unpaid labor in Australia

Bryson, Lois; Robinson, Kathryn; McPhillips, Kathleen

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Residents living in the vicinity of lead smelters are subjected to particularly high levels of contamination from the toxic process of smelting. Yet, public health strategies currently promoted by state health authorities in Australia do not focus their major attention on stopping the contamination at its source. This article focuses on housecleaning regimes, largely implemented by women, aimed at stopping the toxic material from being ingested by children. Because the residential areas...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBryson, Lois
dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorMcPhillips, Kathleen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:26:21Z
dc.identifier.issn0891-2432
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/92795
dc.description.abstractResidents living in the vicinity of lead smelters are subjected to particularly high levels of contamination from the toxic process of smelting. Yet, public health strategies currently promoted by state health authorities in Australia do not focus their major attention on stopping the contamination at its source. This article focuses on housecleaning regimes, largely implemented by women, aimed at stopping the toxic material from being ingested by children. Because the residential areas surrounding the smelters are degraded, their property value is low and, by and large, working-class families live there. As this article shows, the recommended cleaning regimes are embedded in social class and gender relations. Analysis of the implementation of the strategy and the historical context within which it is administered provides an example of a state gender regime, the state "doing" gender and class, and a lens through which to view contemporary gender and class relations.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceGender and Society
dc.titleTurning public issues into private troubles: lead contamination, domestic labor, and the exploitation of womens unpaid labor in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2001
local.identifier.absfor169901 - Gender Specific Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub26010
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBryson, Lois, RMIT University
local.contributor.affiliationRobinson, Kathryn, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcPhillips, Kathleen, University of Western Sydney
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage754
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage772
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:46:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0035539313
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