Introduction and Organising Ideas
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This introductory chapter sets out the core aims and research questions that have motivated the investigation that forms the basis of this book. The contemporary social context and climate that surrounds health and safety, as a social institution, is introduced and analysed, and attention is focused in particular onto the question of how far the broader public and social acceptance of health and safety has changed in the period since 1960, and what might have motivated or driven this change. The chapter seeks to provide a core definition of the concepts of legitimacy, health and safety, and the state, which underpin this research question, and explains the research methodology and the historical focus that are adopted throughout the rest of the book.
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