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Black Firefighters and the FDNY: The Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City

David Goldberg

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633626
eISBN:
9781469633633
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

For many African Americans, getting a public sector job has historically been one of the few paths to the financial stability of the middle class, and in New York City, few such jobs were as ... More


On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Matthew Desmond

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This rugged account of a rugged profession explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, the author relates his experiences ... More


Introduction

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This introductory chapter, which begins with the author's story of how he became a firefighter, also describes the dangers faced by wildland firefighters. It then sets out the book's main purpose, ... More


Country Masculinity

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines how the author's crewmembers initially decided to become firefighters and how a rural working-class upbringing predisposed them to the universe of wildland firefighting by ... More


The Sanctuary of the Forest

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

What compels people to accept the burdens of firefighting? Why do they choose to take part in such a demanding and dangerous enterprise? This chapter demonstrates that the answers are to be found in ... More


A Joke between Brothers

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter explores the brotherly bonds forged between firefighters at Elk River by focusing on the sometimes unbrotherly practices of repartee and aggressive teasing. It also highlights how ... More


Real Firefighters Drive Green Engines

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter explains how firefighters are introduced to the common sense of the Forest Service through its symbolic struggles against environmental groups over the right to manage the forest and ... More


Learning and Burning

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter analyzes how firefighters are educated, trained, and disciplined by their host organization. It begins by describing the training crewmembers receive for fighting fires, whether those ... More


Taking the “Wild” Out of Wildfire

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter explores how the Forest Service cultivates within firefighters a specific professional disposition toward risk taking, what is called the illusion of self-determinacy, a collective ... More


The Beaver Creek Fire

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Two events more than any others temper and test the firefighter's illusion of self-determinacy: a fire that rages out of control and the loss of a fellow firefighter. This chapter deals with the ... More


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