Real Heat: Gender and Race in the Urban Fire Service

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ISBN: 813524105

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Thirty years of affirmative-action legal and political efforts have opened the recruitment doors of urban fire departments, historically a white male preserve. In that time, men of color have yet to consolidate their gains, and women's progress has been even more tenuous. In this account of affirmative action at the More »

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ISBN: 813524105

Thirty years of affirmative-action legal and political efforts have opened the recruitment doors of urban fire departments, historically a white male preserve. In that time, men of color have yet to consolidate their gains, and women's progress has been even more tenuous. In this account of affirmative action at the "street level," Chetkovich explores ways in which affirmative action theory has succeeded and failed. She followed the men and women of the Oakland (CA) Fire Department Class 1-91 through their academy training and 18-month probation. In vivid and sometimes surprising narratives, newcomers tell of their first battle with a full-fledged fire, their reactions to hazing rituals, and their relations with veterans and fellow trainees. The book explores how the process of becoming a firefighter interacts with the dimensions of race and gender to support some and discourage others. Examines the implications of these interactions for public policy and social justice. What's not surprising to many in today's fire service in the new millenium, is that 11 years later, not much has changed.

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