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On the FirelineLiving and Dying with Wildland Firefighters$
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Matthew Desmond

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226144085

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.265) Conclusion
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On the Fireline
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Matthew Desmond

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0010

This concluding chapter is divided into four parts, the first of which summarizes the main arguments of the book and explains how they challenge various currents of sociological knowledge. The second deals with the advantages and limitations of the theoretically driven methods employed—those of an ethnography of the habitus—and suggests how others might use these methods to advance the understanding of risky work, professional socialization, and social reproduction. The third part addresses how the author's arguments may better inform our understanding of risky work and argues for the importance of a sociology of risk. The final part highlights the book's practical implications and advances several concrete recommendations for the U.S. Forest Service, workable ideas that support the organization's goal of making firefighting as safe as possible.

Keywords:   sociological knowledge, ethnography, risky work, professional socialization, social reproduction, firefighting, Forest Services

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