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Titolo:
The 'dop' system, alcohol abuse and social control amongst farm workers inSouth Africa: a public health challenge
Autore:
London, L;
Indirizzi:
Univnit,e Town, Sch Med, Dept Community Hlth, Occupat & Environm Hlth Res U Univ Cape Town Rondebosch South Africa ZA-7700 pat & Environm Hlth Res U
Titolo Testata:
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
fascicolo: 10, volume: 48, anno: 1999,
pagine: 1407 - 1414
SICI:
0277-9536(199905)48:10<1407:T'SAAA>2.0.ZU;2-0
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
WESTERN CAPE; AGRICHEMICAL SAFETY;
Keywords:
alcohol abuse; social control; farm workers; South Africa; human rights;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
57
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: London, L Univnit,e Town, Sch Med, Dept Community Hlth, Occupat & EnvironmHlth Res U Univ Cape Town Private Bag Rondebosch South Africa ZA-7700 es U
Citazione:
L. London, "The 'dop' system, alcohol abuse and social control amongst farm workers inSouth Africa: a public health challenge", SOCIAL SC M, 48(10), 1999, pp. 1407-1414

Abstract

Many farm workers in South Africa continue to live and work under adverse conditions that are the legacy of apartheid policies. Despite its official prohibition, the arrangement by which workers are given alcohol as a benefit of employment, known as the 'dop' system, appears to persist. Even thoughit is a minority of farms that currently actively practice the dop system,the ramifications of the historical institutionalisation of massive alcohol consumption are widespread. Heavy alcohol consumption is not only directly injurious to the health of farm workers and their families, but places them at risk to various social and environmental hazards. This is illustratedin a case of pesticide poisoning in which 24 workers were poisoned when given wine contaminated with the carbamate insecticide aldicarb. The case illustrates (i) the ongoing application of the dop system on farms in South Africa and (ii) the interaction between social factors and chemical exposuresamongst farm workers. Public perceptions about the natural tendencies of 'coloured' people to drink heavily have much to do with perpetuating the dopsystem, and reinforcing a system geared towards the social control of rural farm workers and their families. The dop system poses a major challenge to the public health authorities in South Africa who are charged with the task of restructuring health services to address the human rights and health needs of marginal farming communities within a primary health care framework. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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