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Crossing Over to the Other Side

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter draws upon the narratives of four middle- and upper-management women to examine how they became managers, the nature of their work, and their work-related successes and disappointments. ... More


Dealing: The View from Dead Center

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Dealers in nearly everyone's assessment are the most highly controlled employees in the casino. Because dealers handle the money, casino owners from the beginning have left nothing to chance in their ... More


“You Have to Do It for the People Coming”

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter begins with a brief background on Geoconda Arguello Kline and Mirna Preciado, president and staff organizer of the Culinary Union, respectively. The Culinary Union, which represents ... More


“They’re Treating Us Like Donkeys, Really”: Housekeeping and Other Back of the House Work

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter tells the stories of back of the house workers (e.g. maids, laundry workers, porters, janitors, cooks, dishwashers) who constitute the vast majority of casino and hotel workers. Nearly ... More


“I’ll Always Love the Union”

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter tells the stories of African American women who came to Las Vegas in search of employment. Black Southerners had been making their way across the desert to Las Vegas since the early ... More


Big Tobacco Rides the Strip

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter focuses on the health consequences to dealers of secondhand smoke. Smoke scared all the dealers interviewed. Tied to the gaming tables, they literally ate smoke, hour after hour, year ... More


“Kiss My Foot”: Cocktail Waitressing

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines the world of cocktail waitresses. It is a collection of body stories—revealed breasts, protruding bunions, trashed wrists, and smoke-blackened lungs; of sexual come-ons and ... More


“Here’s My Heart”

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Thousands of immigrant workers flooded to Nevada's casinos in the 1980s and 1990s, pushed by economic crises and civil wars in their countries of origin and pulled by global gaming's insatiable ... More


Conclusion: “A Marvelous Victory”

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes. This book is the story of women moving, and sometimes not moving, in the context of enormous corporate power. It also explores the consequences of ... More


Stuck

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Dealing has an allure unmatched in popular culture. Working at the center of the action, dealers appear to enjoy exciting, lucrative work lives. However, most women dealers interviewed, who had long ... More


Liberation Theology, Pit Boss Style

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

in Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450143
eISBN:
9780801462696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter tells the story of Edna Harman. Born into the poverty and bigotry of a rural Nevada town, Edna spent her early adult years following a well-trod path to casino work and addiction. She ... More


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