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The Preliminary Report : The Fireman, A Sociological Profile

By Deakin, Henry, Joseph

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Book Id: WPLBN0003466742
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Reproduction Date: 5/31/1975

Title: The Preliminary Report : The Fireman, A Sociological Profile  
Author: Deakin, Henry, Joseph
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Social Sciences, Sociology of Work and Leisure
Collections: Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Psychology, Recreation, Authors Community, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Literature, Most Popular Books in China, History
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Publisher: Salford University, England
Member Page: Harry Deakin


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The Firemen interviewed were from the local Salford Fire Brigade near Manchester in England. The areas covered by the research included :- their attitudes to firefighting and to the various types of fires they dealt with : how they dealt with the "down time" when not firefighting : the effect of their shift pattern on their family and leisure time : the overall "work-leisure" relationships of these firemen.

This is the "first take" on a sociology research project in Salford, England in 1974 . The Firefighters were interviewed using questionnaire and tape recorded as they anwered the questions .Individul questionnaires were then leter filled in , or transcribed from the tape recorded interviews : there was a completed questionnaire for each fireman . The idea was to get more participation from the respondents than a questionnaire only approach could provide . This "first take" submission of my M.Sc. thesis . It has a cleaner feel to it that the final version submitted in 1977. This is partly because I kept "tweaking" the final version even after submission . This version is probably easier to read because I left the typed manuscript largely as it came back to me from the typist: I did fewer handwritten alterations compared to the final version . Overall I do not know which of the two version is best : so both are included for "completeness"

"It's a strange experience when you go in first , and it's really hot.When you go in you usually have a face mask on you know , but your hands are not covered. It's a queer experience. Have you ever put your hands in boiling water? - you pull them out because it is hot but in a hot place there is nowhere to put your hand."

Table of Contents
I Historical Appraisal and the Fire Service Today II Methodology III Existing Approaches to Work Involvement IV The Fireman as an Occupational Role V Patterns of Sociability and Leisure VI Integrative Emergencies and the Small group


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