Real Firefighters Drive Green Engines

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:
Real Firefighters Drive Green Engines

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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 against structural firefighters over the title “real firefighter.” By participating in these struggles, crewmembers begin to see the world through the eyes of the Forest Service and soon come to identify with their host organization.

Keywords: firefighters; firefighting; Forest Service; environmental groups; forest management

Chapter.  11323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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