Men, masculinities and firefighting: Occupational identity, shop-floor culture and organisational change

Thurnell-Read, Thomas and Parker, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-6842-3067 (2008) Men, masculinities and firefighting: Occupational identity, shop-floor culture and organisational change. Emotion, Space and Society, 1 (2). pp. 127-134. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2009.03.001

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As an occupation, firefighting is replete with images of maleness operating around a series of highly masculinised codes and values most notably comprising: risk/danger, heroism, fearlessness/courage, physicality, and bodily strength. This qualitative study of the UK Fire Service seeks to uncover the ways in which these masculine codes and values were evident amidst the daily working lives of a group of full-time, male firefighters. Placing respondent views at the centre of the research, findings suggest that occupational identities were based primarily upon notions of emotional strength, physical and technical competence and collective understandings of risk and responsibility. A commitment to group solidarity was also central to the masculine identities of respondents, with colleagues in administrative and managerial positions being distanced on account of their non-manual occupational roles.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural, Social and Sports Sciences > Sports Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 16:27

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