publication . Article . 2003

Dealing with dirt : servicing and repairing cars.

Dant, Tim; Bowles, David;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2003 Journal: Sociological Research Online, volume 8, pages 1-17 (issn: 1360-7804, eissn: 1360-7804, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<jats:p> This paper explores the significance of dirt in the work of technicians who service and repair private cars. Rather than being useful in understanding how dirt is dealt with, the historical and anthropological analyses of dirt are shown to be overly concerned with cultural significance and the idea that dirt is no more than ‘matter out of place’. Such accounts suppress the more common sense approach that dirt is unpleasant to human beings and is to be avoided if possible. In work such as garage servicing and repairs, dirt has to be confronted and dealt with pragmatically, according to the consequences of its presence, rather than symbolically according ...
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free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Common sense, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Division of labour, Cultural significance, Sociology, Social psychology, Industrial sociology, Dirt, Social science, Cultural meaning, Ambivalence
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publication . Article . 2003

Dealing with dirt : servicing and repairing cars.

Dant, Tim; Bowles, David;