A Sociology of Commercial Flight Crew

Author: Bennett A Simon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351961519
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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There are numerous psychological studies of pilots and piloting, but little has been done in the way of sociological examination. Commercial aviation is one of the world's biggest industries, yet there are few studies of pilots as social beings and of their place of work, the flight-deck. Developing a sociological understanding of front-line staff and of pilots' working environments is an important step to developing a more detailed understanding of this increasingly important sector. This book performs such a function and also adds to our understanding of pilots in general, from those who work for flag carriers to those who fly for regional or corporate jet operators. The readership includes the general public, industry legislators, regulators, managements, employees, trainers, journalists, academics and students of sociology, psychology, organisation theory and business management.

A Sociology of Commercial Flight Crew

Author: Simon A. Bennett,Simon Bennett
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9780754643173
Category: Social Science
Page: 213
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Commercial aviation is one of the world's biggest industries, yet there are few studies of pilots as social beings and of their place of work, the flight-deck. This book develops a sociological understanding of airline front-line staff and of pilots and t

Protecting Airline Passengers in the Age of Terrorism

Author: Paul Seidenstat
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313354537
Category: Political Science
Page: 326
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After 9/11, the United States opted for a higher level of security, especially for the transportation sector, since significant damage to the transportation infrastructure in the form of death and injury to passengers and, collaterally, damage to persons and property threatens to undermine the American economy and society. This work attempts to offer economic analysis techniques that would help in the formulation of air security policy and efficient management applications.

Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management

Author: Simon Bennett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317116283
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 288
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Risk is an enduring theme of modern life. It permeates political, economic and environmental domains. Some risks are unavoidable. Others are not. Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management provides ideas and action plans for in a risk society. Dealing with issues of civil safety and security, the book addresses the management of socio-technical risks and hazards, environmental risk, and risk perception. Focusing on risk reduction, chapters cover key themes such as terrorism, public order, emergency responding, energy supply, climate change, and natural disasters. Featuring contributions from expert scholars, the book is both accessible and original. Practitioners in the emergency services, industry and commerce will find the book to be valuable reading, whilst for policy makers, students and academics with a focus on risk and crisis management, this is an essential reference.

Passenger Behaviour

Author: Robert Bor
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754609360
Category: Transportation
Page: 316
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With 2003 being the 100th anniversary of modern aviation, Passenger Behaviour is published at a timely milestone for the aviation industry. This book examines a wide range of topics that help the reader to acquire a psychological understanding of how air

How Pilots Live

An Examination of the Lifestyle of Commercial Pilots
Author: Simon A. Bennett
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034317221
Category: Social Science
Page: 283
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This book paints a detailed picture of the commercial pilot lifestyle, from the struggle to pay for training to time spent down route to thoughts of retirement. Once a glamorous occupation, commercial flying is today more of a job than a vocation with many pilots working the maximum permissible hours for increasingly meagre rewards under evermore stressful conditions. Pilots talk candidly about acute and chronic fatigue, short-notice roster changes that leave them insufficiently rested, noisy and poorly serviced down-route hotels, long daily commutes to work, indebtedness, fear of losing their pilot's licence, industry volatility, dread of lay-off or redundancy, the quality and agendas of airline managers, the impact of these and other stressors on family life and where they think the aviation industry is going. Despite these privations pilots remain enthusiastic - a testament to their professionalism and love of flying.

Aircraft, Aircraft

Author: John William Ransom Taylor
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780600301240
Category: Aeronautics
Page: 140
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An Ethnography of Labour in a World City
Author: Simon Bennett
Publisher: Libri Pub Limited
Category: History
Page: 200
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An intimate portrait of London life in the first decade of the 21st century, this study reveals the "lived reality” of metropolitan labor--its satisfactions and frustrations, positives and negatives. Based on interviews with working people, this is a story of unsung heroes and heroines, of bus drivers, shop-keepers, metro workers, computer programmers, artisans, teachers, and entrepreneurs--the everyday people whose labors underwrite Britain’s economic powerhouse.


Warum manche Menschen erfolgreich sind - und andere nicht
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593405016
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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Malcolm Gladwell, Bestsellerautor und Star des amerikanischen Buchmarkts, hat die wahren Ursachen des Erfolgs untersucht und darüber ein lehrreiches, faszinierendes Buch geschrieben. Es steckt voller Geschichten und Beispiele, die zeigen, dass auch außergewöhnlicher Erfolg selten etwas mit individuellen Eigenschaften zu tun hat, sondern mit Gegebenheiten, die es dem einen leicht und dem anderen unmöglich machen, erfolgreich zu sein. Die Frage ist nicht, wie jemand ist, sondern woher er kommt: Welche Bedingungen haben diesen Menschen hervorgebracht? Auf seiner anregenden intellektuellen Erkundung der Welt der Überflieger erklärt Gladwell unter anderem das Geheimnis der Softwaremilliardäre, wie man ein herausragender Fußballer wird, warum Asiaten so gut in Mathe sind und was die Beatles zur größten Band aller Zeiten machte.

Working the Skies

The Fast-Paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant
Author: Drew Whitelegg
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814794734
Category: Social Science
Page: 291
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Get ready for takeoff. The life of the flight attendant, a.k.a., stewardess, was supposedly once one of glamour, exotic travel and sexual freedom, as recently depicted in such films as Catch Me If You Can and View From the Top. The nostalgia for the beautiful, carefree and ever helpful stewardess perhaps reveals a yearning for simpler times, but nonetheless does not square with the difficult, demanding and sometimes dangerous job of today's flight attendants. Based on interviews with over sixty flight attendants, both female and male labor leaders, and and drawing upon his observations while flying across the country and overseas, Drew Whitelegg reveals a much more complicated profession, one that in many ways is the quintessential job of the modern age where life moves at record speeds and all that is solid seems up in the air. Containing lively portraits of flight attendants, both current and retired, this book is the first to show the intimate, illuminating, funny, and sometimes dangerous behind-the-scenes stories of daily life for the flight attendant. Going behind the curtain, Whitelegg ventures into first-class, coach, the cabin, and life on call for these men and women who spend week in and week out in foreign cities, sleeping in hotel rooms miles from home. Working the Skies also elucidates the contemporary work and labor issues that confront the modern worker: the demands of full-time work and parenthood; the downsizing of corporate America and the resulting labor lockouts; decreasing wages and hours worked; job insecurity; and the emotional toll of a high stress job. Given the events of 9/11, flight attendants now have an especially poignant set of stressful concerns to manage, both for their own safety as well as for those they serve, the passengers. Flight attendants, originally registered nurses charged with attending to passengers' medical needs, now find themselves wearing the hats of therapist, security guard and undercover agent. This last set of tasks pushing some, as Whitelegg shows, out of the business altogether.

Life in the Air

Surviving the New Culture of Air Travel
Author: Mark Gottdiener
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742500297
Category: Social Science
Page: 217
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This book is not just about air travel. It is about the emergent social world of flying. It concerns air space and behavior in the air the way someone else might look at cities and street behavior. Economic, political, and cultural aspects are all considered. . . . Airports have now become specific places in their own right that, in a certain sense, now. . . are very much like cities. Frequent flying also has produced its very own culture. Rules of behavior are subscribed to in the air. Unique behaviors at terminals and in the passenger cabin have emerged that contrast with life on the ground. In chapters below I explore these interesting aspects of etiquette, eroticism, and bi-coastalism, a human activity that is only possible because of our present society's evolution. . . . Only now have we begun to appreciate our emergent global culture. The world is shrinking just as the opportunities for travel expand. -from the Introduction

Crash course

the world of air safety
Author: Michael Prince
Publisher: N.A
Category: Aeronautics
Page: 216
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Breakdown in Human Adaptation to "stress": pt. 1. Psychological and sociological parameters for studies of breakdown in human adaptation

Author: John H. Cullen,R. E. Ballieux
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780898386066
Category: Medical
Page: 1060
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Compendium of papers presented in workshops sponsored by the Commission of the European Communities as advised by the Committee on Medical and Public Health Research. (Dublin, Ireland (Dec. 1982), Utrecht, the Netherlands (Dec. 1982), K'oln, FRG (Jan. 1983), Bad Homberg, FRG (Feb. 1983), Dublin, Ireland (March 1983), and Pisa, Italy (April 1983))"


A Sociological Theory
Author: Piotr Sztompka
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521598507
Category: Social Science
Page: 214
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Piotr Sztompka here presents a major work of social theory, which gives a comprehensive theoretical account of trust as a fundamental component of human actions. Professor Sztompka's detailed and systematic study takes account of the rich evolving research on trust, and provides conceptual and typological clarifications and explications of the notion itself, its meaning, foundations and functions. He offers an explanatory model of the emergence (or decay) of trust-cultures, and relates the theoretical to the historical by examining the collapse of communism in 1989 and the emergence of a post-communist social order. Piotr Sztompka illustrates and supports his claims with statistical data and his own impressive empirical study of trust, carried out in Poland at the end of the nineties. Trust: A Sociological Theory is a conceptually creative and elegant work in which scholars and students of sociology, political science and social philosophy will find much of interest.

Flug und Angst

Author: Stephen King,Bev Vincent
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641240336
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Nichts ist Stephen King ein größerer Gräuel, als fliegen zu müssen. Zusammen mit Mitherausgeber Bev Vincent teilt er nun seine Flugangst mit seinen Lesern. Die Anthologie versammelt alles, was gründlich schiefgehen kann, wenn man sich auf 10 Kilometer Höhe mit 500 Knoten in einem Metallgefährt (einem Sarg?) durch die Lüfte bewegt. Flugreisen verwandeln sich hier schnell in Albträume, auf die man nie im Leben gekommen wäre. Da überlegt man es sich lieber zweimal, ob der Weg zum Ziel nicht in einer letzten Reise mündet.

Joined-Up Government

Author: Vernon Bogdanor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780197263334
Category: Political Science
Page: 187
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'Joined- up government' is a key theme of modern government. The Labour government, first elected in 1997, decided that intractable problems such as social exclusion, drug addiction and crime could not be resolved by any single department of government. Instead, such problems had to be made the object of a concerted attack using all the arms of government - central and local government and public agencies, as well as the private and voluntary sectors. This book seeks to analyse 'joined-up government', to consider its history, and to evaluate its consequences for British institutions such as the Cabinet, the civil service and local authorities. Is joined-up government a new idea, or merely a new label for a very old idea? What lessons can be learnt from previous attempts at joined-up government? How does it affect our traditional constitutional conceptions relating to Cabinet government, a politically neutral and non-partisan civil service, and an independent system of local government? Will it lead to the concentration of power in 10 Downing Street or is it compatible with a political system based on checks and balances? Drawing together papers given at a conference held at the British Academy, Joined-Up Government provides a broad overview of one of the most significant aspects in modern government. Its contributors include not only distinguished academics, but also those who have themselves been engaged as practitioners in developing joined-up programmes. This book will be indispensable to all those who seek to understand how new developments in government are affecting our lives.