Intersectionality has led the charge in ensuring that workplace justice is assured to all people, irrespective of their identities. While intersectionality is a useful theory for explaining inequality, what must not be understated is the contributions that postcolonialism and the blue-collar working identity can have on harsh working conditions. Particularly, miners in Indonesia have had to work in very hostile environments where they are at-risk for sulfur poisoning as they mine for materials to vulcanize rubber. This article serves two purposes. The first is to call attention to how place can help explain the differential experiences of miners in the Global North versus the Global South. The second is to explain the dangers of mining at sulfur repositories through the Laws of Thermodynamics, paying special attention to entropy.
Oleksy, Ernest M..
"Inequality, Rubber, and Thermodynamics in Indonesia."
The Downtown Review.
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