Dirty Work profiles a number of occupations that society deems tainted. The volume's vivid, ethnographic reports focus on the communication that helps workers manage the moral, social, and physical "stains" that derive from engaging in such occupations. The creative ways that those who perform such dirty work learn to communicate with each other--and with outsiders--regulate the negative aspects of the work itself and emphasize the positives so that workers can maintain a sense of self-value even while performing devalued occupations.
|Publisher:||Baylor University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
PART I: ETHNOGRAPHY OF TAINT
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
PART II: CASE STUDIES
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
PART III : CONCLUSION
11 Ethnography as Dirty Work, Shirley K. Drew & Melanie Mills
12 Concluding Thoughts, Melanie Mills, Shirley K. Drew, & Bob M. Gassaway
What People are Saying About This
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.