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Empirical Research

The experiential spectrum of pain: suffering, body and social inscription after the work accident among Portuguese industrial workers

Bruno Monteiro1 & Virgílio Borges Pereira2
(1) Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica s/n
4150-564 - Porto
bjrmonteiro@gmail.com
(2) Departamento de Sociologia da Faculdade de Letras e Instituto de Sociologia
da Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica s/n
4150-564 - Porto
jpereira@letras.up.pt
Abstract

This paper discusses some preliminary results of a mix-method sociological study about the experience of physical and social suffering lived by Portuguese workers involved in work accidents. Based on an extensive survey to a national sample of injured workers and in-depth interviews, the paper identifies the major characteristics that define how such physical and social pain was experienced and explores, with the help of Multiple Correspondence Analysis, the gains obtained from a socio-relational reading of this information. Besides showing that inequality is heavily inscribed in the (re)production of work accidents, the paper argues that social inscriptions and institutional devices play a major role in the definition of the post-accident pain experiences felt by the surveyed injured workers.

Keywords post-accident; embodiment; pain; social divisions; lived experience.