Dirty Work: The Social Construction of Taint


Society's "dirty jobs" and how their practitioners explain them.
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Society's "dirty jobs" and how their practitioners explain them.
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For everyone who has ever wondered "how on earth" or "why in the world" people do the dirty work of prison guards, cops, community police, long-distance truck drivers, secretaries, nurses, HIV/AIDS/addiction caregivers, forensic pathologists and their technicians, or even cultural ethnographers in the academy, this book will be a tantalizing, provocative, enlightening, and entertaining read.

--H.L. "Bud" Goodall, Jr., Director and Professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932792737
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley K. Drew (Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, Ohio) is Professor of Communication at Pittsburg State University, Kansas.

Melanie B. Mills (Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, Ohio) is Professor of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University.

Bob M. Gassaway (Ph.D. University of Missouri) is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents


1 Doing Justice, Shirley K. Drew

2 Dirty Work and Discipline Behind Bars, Sarah J. Tracy & Clifton Scott

3 Riding Fire Trucks and Ambulances with America's Heroes, Clifton Scott & Sarah J. Tracy

4 Without Trucks, We'd Be Naked, Hungry & Homeless!, Melanie Mills

5 Bitching about Secretarial "Dirty Work", Patricia Sotirin

6 Nursing as Dirty Work, Melanie Mills & Amy Schejbal

7 Crack Pipes and TCells: Use of Taint Management by HIV/AIDS/Addiction Caregivers, Stephanie Poole Martinez


8 Good Cops, Dirty Crimes, Bob M. Gassaway

9 Cops, Crimes, and Community Policing, Shirley K. Drew & Mendy Hulvey

10 The Death Doctors, Bob M. Gassaway


11 Ethnography as Dirty Work, Shirley K. Drew & Melanie Mills

12 Concluding Thoughts, Melanie Mills, Shirley K. Drew, & Bob M. Gassaway

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