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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


The Incompetent Dead

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/9780226144078.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

The death of a firefighter poses a significant problem for the organizational common sense of the U.S. Forest Service because at first glance it seems to contradict its fundamental tenet: that fire ... More


Home and the Open Road: The Nonfiction of Larry Brown

Robert G. Barrier

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s two nonfiction works: his memoir On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choices (1994); and his collection of essays titled Billy Ray’s Farm: ... More


The Bravest of the Brave: New York’s First Generation of Black Firefighters, 1898–1934

David Goldberg

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

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633626
eISBN:
9781469633633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the small number of pioneer Black firefighters that entered the FDNY from 1898 to 1930, as well as how these men survived with dignity despite encountering heinous acts of ... More


A Black Face in a High Place, Fire Commissioner Robert O. Lowery: Reform, Retrenchment, and the Limitations of Racial Liberalism

David Goldberg

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

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633626
eISBN:
9781469633633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on John Lindsay’s appointment of Robert O. Lowery to serve as the FDNY’s Fire Commissioner during the onset of one of the most tumultuous periods in the department’s history, ... More


From Black Power to Class Action: The International Association of Black Professional Firefighters and the Rise of Fire Department Discrimination Litigation

David Goldberg

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

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633626
eISBN:
9781469633633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on the influence that the Black Power movement and rise of employment discrimination litigation had on the Vulcan Society and Black firefighters across the country. The ... More


The Last Bastion of White Male Privilege: Race, Gender, and the FDNY, 1977–1999

David Goldberg

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

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633626
eISBN:
9781469633633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter looks at the Black experience in the FDNY during the last quarter of the 20th Century. During this period, the City, fire department, and the fire unions all vigorously resisted efforts ... More


Rescue Me

Robert Chang

in Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764039
eISBN:
9780814764046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764039.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Family Law

This chapter discusses the absence of Asian American firefighters in fire departments around the United States. Using illustrations from popular culture, it demonstrates how the common stereotype of ... More


Unity

Guy Westwell

in Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172035
eISBN:
9780231850728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172035.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines post-9/11 films that reinforce an aggressive response towards the terrorist attacks. The most high-profile and representative of films that directly show the events of 9/11 is ... More


London Burning

Matthew Dallek

in Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years, Civil Defense, and the Origins of Homeland Security

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199743124
eISBN:
9780190469559
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743124.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Americans read and heard accounts of the Nazi air raids on London and became fearful that the Blitz would incite class violence, spark riots, and even launch a revolution in Britain. Some Americans ... More


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