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Industrial Labour and the Environment

Notes for a History of a Global Transformation

Editor(s): Federico Paolini

Book Description

This volume brings the history of the environment together with that of work. Faced with the “great acceleration” of the second half of the twentieth century—characterized by the crisis of the relationship between economic development and civil progress—the history of the environment has tended to separate itself from the history of work. The idea behind this book is to bridge this cultural divide, because human work is one of the main parameters of the anthropic footprint left on ecosystems and social spaces. The dimension of work is—even in a dramatically lacerating form, as shown by the events of environmental and work conflicts in the 21st century—the mirror of the impact that human activities have on the environment.

From a transnational perspective, this book points out some issues of future significance: the impact of production activities on the territory and forms of environmental protection; the fractures that the environmental issue generates in the disputed spaces between groups of workers and local communities; and the problems related to the processes of reclamation and redevelopment of dismantled industrial areas.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4891-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4891-0
Date of Publication: 01/06/2020
Pages / Size: 159 / A5
Price: £58.99


Federico Paolini is Professor at the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy. His research interests are environmental history, mass consumption history, and social history of transport. He has published eight books and another 90 works in Italian, English and Chinese. In 2015, he was Local Organizer of the Annual Conference of International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M), and he has presented lectures and seminars at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Technische Universität Berlin, and Houston University.