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Dirty Work
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Doing Justice
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. Dirty Work and Discipline behind Bars
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. 3. Riding Fire Trucks & Ambulances with America’s Heroes
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. 4. Without Trucks We’d Be Naked, Hungry & Homeless
  2. pp. 77-94
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  1. 5. Bitching about Secretarial ‘‘Dirty Work’’
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. 6. Bedpans, Blood, and Bile: Doing the Dirty Work in Nursing
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. 7. Crack Pipes and T Cells: Use of Taint Management by HIV/AIDS/Addiction Caregivers
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 8. Good Cops, Dirty Crimes
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. 9. Cops, Crimes, and Community Policing
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. 10. The Death Doctors
  2. pp. 195-214
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 215-216
  1. 11. Ethnography as Dirty Work
  2. pp. 217-232
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  1. 12. Concluding Thoughts
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-258
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Author Index
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 267-271
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