A Joke between Brothers

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226144085
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226144078 | DOI:
A Joke between Brothers

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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 crewmembers discipline one another, and how they espouse and act on key principles of the Forest Service through ostensibly innocent everyday practices.

Keywords: firefighters; Elk River; brotherly bonds; teasing; repartee

Chapter.  8594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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