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Books: Mazzeo and Vaggi, Asbestos trains, memory tracks

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(ANSA) – BOLOGNA, DEC 23 – AGATA MAZZEO, ERNESTO VAGGI, ASBESTOS TRAINS, MEMORY TRACKS (Pendragon, pp. 350, euro 18).

Office workers, electricians, welders, sheet metal workers, carpenters, upholsterers, glassmakers and painters. These are some of the professionals involved over time in the “university of maintenance” of trains and carriages of the Officine grande repairs in via Casarini in Bologna. A place marked by the presence of asbestos, a set of minerals that acts silently, the effects of which are found even long after inhalation and whose dangerousness begins to be known as early as 1935, when it is related to the emergence of lung cancer.

The anthropology professor at the University of Bologna, Agata Mazzeo, and the historian Ernesto Vaggi, thanks to the collaboration of the Emilia-Romagna Family and Asbestos Victims Association (Afeva), the Municipality of Bologna, the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna and of the Fondazione del Monte, interview some former workers of the Officine, now disused, and publish a book divided into six chapters, divided between anthropological research and historical analysis of what have been the struggles, starting from the seventies, to protect health and the job. The book is part of a broader dissemination project, created to trace an educational and museum itinerary on the story and which also includes a video documentary and a brochure distributed online. (HANDLE).

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