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Privatisation, health care and health of female workers in Shipyard 3. May – an anthropological analysis


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Kalčić, Martina. (2016). Privatisation, health care and health of female workers in Shipyard 3. May – an anthropological analysis. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology. [mentor Špoljar - Vržina, Sanja].

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The aim of this study was to research ways in which factors such as social, economical and political changes in Republic of Croatia during the nineties, simultaneous to the processes of privatization of the shipyard, as well as ways in which gender/sex subordination and discrimination, are influencing the mental health of female workers of the Shipyard 3. May. This research encompasses individual experiences of former and current female workers of 3. May. Through their narratives, collective discourse levels are formed and they illustrate the ways in which changes and processes reflect upon the every day work flow and health of female workers. This study was aimed at emphasizing multiple and multilayered responsibilities of institutions, groups and individuals, as well as a combination of traditional and capitalist social values, practices and narratives that influence the health of workers when the work environment starts to be the place of continued exposure to psychosocial risks, while the integrity of workers identity and social status are permanently endangered. Increased interest for work place stress management in the last few years, within the bounds of institutionalized protection, has emerged in order to increase company profits, but the suggestions for a work condition betterment usually does not have a primary purpose of preserving a healthy work place and the worker's dignity as well as their basic rights, but are proposed as possible solutions to problems of disgruntled and sick male and female workers whose inefficiency presents an additional cost. This study is also an act of solidarity in the manner of Scheper – Hughes engaged anthropology.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shipyard 3. May, female workers, stress, health
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Supervisor: Špoljar - Vržina, Sanja
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 14:00
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 14:00

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