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Brought to light but left in the dark: Knowledge and ignorance in occupational health policies

Abstract : By focusing on the general ignorance concerning occupational diseases related to exposure to pesticides among farmworkers, the authors seek to understand how public policy tools used to produce knowledge may paradoxically result in the obscuring of social problems. In order to do so, they rely on recent sociological studies on the dynamics of the organized ignorance. They complete this approach by stressing the underlying moral and political implications of this state of affairs. As such, the authors demonstrate two factors contributing to the social invisibility of diseases brought about by the use of pesticides among farmworkers: the institutionalized underrecognition of chronic illnesses caused by certain forms of exposure to low doses of these toxic substances; and the under-reporting by workers of the acute effects of high dose pesticide poisoning.
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Jean-Noël Jouzel, François Dedieu. Brought to light but left in the dark: Knowledge and ignorance in occupational health policies. Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2013, 63 (1), pp.29 - 49. ⟨hal-01524060⟩

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