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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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Real Firefighters Drive Green Engines

Real Firefighters Drive Green Engines

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On the Fireline

Matthew Desmond

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains how firefighters are introduced to the common sense of the Forest Service through its symbolic struggles against environmental groups over the right to manage the forest and against structural firefighters over the title “real firefighter.” By participating in these struggles, crewmembers begin to see the world through the eyes of the Forest Service and soon come to identify with their host organization.

Keywords:   firefighters, firefighting, Forest Service, environmental groups, forest management

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