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:

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This concluding chapter is divided into four parts, the first of which summarizes the main arguments of the book and explains how they challenge various currents of sociological knowledge. The second deals with the advantages and limitations of the theoretically driven methods employed—those of an ethnography of the habitus—and suggests how others might use these methods to advance the understanding of risky work, professional socialization, and social reproduction. The third part addresses how the author's arguments may better inform our understanding of risky work and argues for the importance of a sociology of risk. The final part highlights the book's practical implications and advances several concrete recommendations for the U.S. Forest Service, workable ideas that support the organization's goal of making firefighting as safe as possible.

Keywords: sociological knowledge; ethnography; risky work; professional socialization; social reproduction; firefighting; Forest Services

Chapter.  6949 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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