Men, masculinities and firefighting : occupational identity, shop-floor culture and organisational change
Thurnell-Read, Thomas and Parker, Andrew. (2008) Men, masculinities and firefighting : occupational identity, shop-floor culture and organisational change. Emotion, Space and Society, Vol.1 (No.2). pp. 127-134. ISSN 1755-4586Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2009.03.001
As an occupation, firefighting is replete with images of maleness operating around a series of highly masculinised codes and values most notably comprising: risk/danger, heroism, fearlessness/courage, physicality, and bodily strength. This qualitative study of the UK Fire Service seeks to uncover the ways in which these masculine codes and values were evident amidst the daily working lives of a group of full-time, male firefighters. Placing respondent views at the centre of the research, findings suggest that occupational identities were based primarily upon notions of emotional strength, physical and technical competence and collective understandings of risk and responsibility. A commitment to group solidarity was also central to the masculine identities of respondents, with colleagues in administrative and managerial positions being distanced on account of their non-manual occupational roles.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Other > Institute of Advanced Study
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||Emotion, Space and Society|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 127-134|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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