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

Löfstrand, C.H. and Loftus, B. and Loader, I. (2015) Doing ‘dirty work’: Stigma and esteem in the private security industry. European Journal of Criminology. pp. 1-18. DOI: http://10.1177/1477370815615624

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 03:16
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 03:16
ISSN: 1741-2609
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6309
Identification Number: DOI: http://10.1177/1477370815615624
Publisher: Sage
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