Work-Based Harm

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Work-based harm has received limited attention within harm research. However, as UK, US and European labour markets and workplaces have undergone radical transformation under conditions of neoliberalism work-based harm proliferates. This chapter will explore the development of work-based harm research before considering the ontological foundations of social harm from a workplace perspective. If social harm is to have explanatory power in making sense of work-based harm, it requires a stable foundation to account for both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ motivation to harm. Work-based harm research from an ultra-realist perspective represents one such future direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm
EditorsPamela Davies, Paul Leighton, Tanya Wyatt
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Print)9783030724078
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Apr 2021


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