By Matthew Desmond
In this rugged account of a rugged occupation, Matthew Desmond explores the guts and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a tender guy, Desmond relates his reviews with intimate wisdom and local ease, adroitly balancing emotion with research and motion with perception. On the Fireline exhibits that those firefighters aren’t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they’re so usually portrayed.
An immersion right into a risky global, On the Fireline is usually a worldly research of a high-risk profession—and a charming read.
“Gripping . . . a masterful account of the way younger males may be able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an company within the first place.”—David Grazian, Sociological Forum
“Along with the hazards and sorrow, Desmond additionally provides the humor and comaraderie of normal males acting awesome tasks. . . . A good supplement to Norman Maclean's Young males and Fire. Recommended.”—Library Journal
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4 In a similar way, most of my crewmembers knew ﬁreﬁghting long before they entered its ranks. Their fathers and friends had dug line before them, and because they were embedded in networks of ﬁreﬁghters, they did not ﬁnd the profession alien. Most crewmembers were recruited either informally through interpersonal network ties or formally through high school presentations by Thurman. Vince Yazzie, however, found his way to ﬁreﬁghting through more peculiar circumstances. He was punished into it.
What do Donald and George’s criminals look like? Are they black, white, or Hispanic? All three racial groups have powerful and distinct gangs in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Though it is clear that a fear of crime abounds in their construction of the city, none of my crewmembers used racial stereotypes when describing their fears. 21 Thus the symbolic construction of the country gravitates between two equally rejected conceptions of the city. The inner city is associated with crime, danger, and vice, the suburbs with money, fashion, and manners.