Invisibilized Dirty Work: The Multiple Realities of US Airline Pilots’ Work

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Invisibilized Dirty Work : The Multiple Realities of US Airline Pilots’ Work. / Fraher, Amy L.

In: Culture and Organization, Vol. 23, No. 2, 15.03.2017, p. 131-148.

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title = "Invisibilized Dirty Work: The Multiple Realities of US Airline Pilots{\textquoteright} Work",
abstract = "This paper builds upon Heather H{\"o}pfl{\textquoteright}s intellectual contributions in the areas of identity, dirt, and study of the unseen at commercial air carriers, by examining US airline pilots{\textquoteright} work over the decade between 2000 and 2010. Challenging assumptions about pilots being an elite group of unemotional professionals, findings here reveal how a once prestigious profession devolved into {\textquoteleft}invisibilized dirty work{\textquoteright} in the occupational rhetoric of employees. In contrast to dirty work definitions in which the associated taint is static, externally applied, and predates employees{\textquoteright} entry into their occupation, this study finds pilots{\textquoteright} emotional dirty work involves a changed sense of occupational identity due to industry restructuring and increased managerialism in which employees were forced to perpetuate a charade of safety in a system they believe has become increasingly risky.",
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