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Long-haul trucking is linked to almost every industry in America, yet somehow the working-class drivers behind big rigs remain largely hidden from public view. Gritty, inspiring, and often devastating oral histories of gay, transsexual, and minority truck drivers allow award-winning author Anne Balay to shed new light on the harsh realities of truckers' lives behind the wheel. A licensed commercial truck driver herself, Balay discovers that, for people routinely subjected to prejudice, hatred, and violence in their hometowns and in the job market, trucking can provide an opportunity for safety, welcome isolation, and a chance to be themselves--even as the low-wage work is fraught with tightening regulations, constant surveillance, danger, and exploitation. The narratives of minority and queer truckers underscore the working-class struggle to earn a living while preserving one's safety, dignity, and selfhood.

Through the voices of drivers from marginalized communities who spend eleven- to fourteen-hour days hauling America's commodities in treacherous weather and across mountain passes, Semi Queer reveals the stark differences between the trucking industry's crushing labor practices and the perseverance of its most at-risk workers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Starting: Whoop ’n’ Ride: Why People Choose Trucking, and How They Prepare
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. 2. Rolling: Sailboat Races: The Web of Regulations That Shape the Work of Trucking
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. 3. Stopping: Getting Loaded: Customers, Shippers, Receivers
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. 4. Rolling: Drag and Fly: Race, Racism, and Trucking
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. 5. Stopping: Jesus, Take the Wheel: Road Accidents, PTSD, and Fear
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. 6. Rolling: Grabbing Gears: The Appeal of Constant Motion, Especially to Gay, Black, and Trans Drivers
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 7. Stopping: The Pickle Park: Truck Stops and Rest Areas
  2. pp. 123-142
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  1. 8. Rolling: Draggin’ Ass: Persistence and Endurance Are Working-Class Values
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. 9. Stopping: What’s Your Twenty?: Locating the Queer Trucker’s Body
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. Conclusion: Hammer Down
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. Appendix 1: The Narrators
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. Appendix 2: Notes on Method
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 203-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-214
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469647111
Related ISBN
9781469647098
MARC Record
OCLC
1048334344
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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