Still dying for a living : corporate criminal liability after the Westray Mine disaster /
Steven Bittle.
Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, 2012.
xix, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
0774823593 (cloth), 9780774823593 (cloth), 9780774823609 (pbk.)
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Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, 2012.
0774823593 (cloth)
9780774823593 (cloth)
9780774823609 (pbk.)
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Foreword: The Struggle for Corporate Accountability / Steve Tombs -- Preface -- Introduction: What Is Crime? -- Criminal Liability and the Corporate Form -- Theorizing Corporate Harm and Wrongdoing -- Constituting the Corporate Criminal through Law -- Visions of Economic Grandeur: The Influence of Corporate Capitalism -- Obscuring Corporate Crime and the Corporate Criminal -- Disciplining Capital: More of the Same or Hope for the Future? -- Appendices: A. Members of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights -- B. Details regarding data sources -- C. Witnesses appearing before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights -- D. Interview participants -- E. Interview schedule.
"In 1992, an underground explosion at the Westray Mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, killed twenty-six miners. Although the owners of the mine were charged criminally, no one was convicted, largely because it was deemed too difficult to determine legal responsibility. More than a decade after the Westray disaster, the federal government introduced revisions to the Criminal Code aimed at strengthening corporate criminal liability. Bill C-45, dubbed the Westray bill, requires employers to ensure a safe workplace and attributes criminal liability to organizations for seriously injuring or killing workers and/or the public. Yet, while the federal government declared the Westray bill an important step, the law has thus far failed to produce a crackdown on corporate crime. In Still Dying for a Living, Steven Bittle turns a critical eye on Canada's corporate criminal liability law. Drawing theoretical inspiration from Foucauldian and neo-Marxist literatures and interweaving in-depth interviews and parliamentary transcripts, Bittle reveals how legal, economic, and cultural discourses surrounding the Westray bill downplayed the seriousness of workplace injury and death, effectively characterizing these crimes as regrettable but largely unavoidable accidents. As long as the primary causes of workplace injury and death are not properly scrutinized, Bittle argues, workers will continue to die in the pursuit of earning a living."--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [218]-230) and index.
Issued also in electronic format.

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