Sexuality, Masculinity, and Taint Management Among Firefighters and Correctional Officers

@article{Tracy2006SexualityMA,
  title={Sexuality, Masculinity, and Taint Management Among Firefighters and Correctional Officers},
  author={Sarah J. Tracy and Clifton Scott},
  journal={Management Communication Quarterly},
  year={2006},
  volume={20},
  pages={38 - 6}
}
Based on qualitative field and interview data, this comparative analysis of dirty work by firefighters and correctional officers demonstrates that taint management and its relative utility is inextricably bound to and embedded within macro-level discourses. While firefighters labor to fulfill expectations as “America's heroes,” correctional officers work to squelch images as “professional babysitters” and the “scum of law enforcement.” The authors' analysis illustrates how discourses of… Expand
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