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Doing 'dirty work': Stigma and esteem in the private security industry

Författare och institution:
Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand (Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap); Bethan Loftus (-); Ian Loader (-)
Publicerad i:
European Journal of Criminology, 13 ( 3 ) s. 97-314
ISSN:
1477-3708
E-ISSN:
1741-2609
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Fulltextlänk (lokalt arkiv):
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This article draws upon two different ethnographic studies – one based in Sweden, the other in the United Kingdom – to explore how private security officers working in a stigmatized industry construct and repair their self-esteem. Whereas the concept of ‘dirty work’ (Hughes, 1951) has been applied to public police officers, an examination of private security officers as dirty workers remains undeveloped. Along with describing instances of taint designation and management, we find that the occupational culture of security officers enhances self-esteem by infusing security work with a sense of purpose. As members of a tainted occupation, security officers employ a range of strategies to deflect scorn and reframe their work as important and necessary.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Sociologi ->
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
Nyckelord:
Dirty work, esteem, legitimacy, private security, stigma
Postens nummer:
225659
Posten skapad:
2015-11-12 15:29
Posten ändrad:
2016-06-16 10:20

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