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Bandage, Sort, and Hustle
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Author's Note
Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I BANDAGING BODIES: INSIDE THE AMBULANCE
1. People Work
2. Ditch Doctors and Taxi Drivers
3. Feeling the Ambulance

PART II SORTING BODIES: THE AMBULANCE BETWEEN HOSPITALS AND SQUAD CARS
4. The Fix-Up Workers
5. The Cleanup Workers
6. Burden Shuffling

PART III HUSTING BODIES: THE AMBULANCE UNDERNEATH BUREAUCRACY AND CAPITAL
7. The Barn
8. Supervision
9. Payback
Conclusion

Appendix: Notes on Data and Methods
Notes
Reference List
Index

About the Author

Josh Seim is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California.

Reviews

"Stunning analysis of the Emergency Medical System (EMS), its frontline workers, and patients . . . . A great source for highlighting how well-intentioned labor processes within seemingly benevolent occupations can further marginalize people and reproduce social inequalities."

* British Medical Journal, Medical Humanities *
"By connecting the dots between classic and contemporary theory, the research of others, and his own research, Seim's work encapsulates the way that knowledge is produced and ideas are grounded in empirical observations. He starts by becoming familiar with the work of others to see what they have learned, and then he explores how his study can further inform their findings to broaden how we understand what he describes as 'frontline governance of urban suffering'." ?
* Everyday Sociology *
"A great contribution to urban theory as it yet again underlines the importance of studying organizations and their contexts in order to understand better how urban inequalities are reproduced."
* International Journal of Urban and Regional Research *
"Seim's major contribution . . . is to provide insight into the attitudes of a group of workers who are responsible for managing and regulating the affairs of those who require help during a medical emergency."
* Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations *
"One of the best monographs I have read. Dr. Seim's writing about his experience made the entire study more interesting to read because of his unique perspective as a sociologist on the front lines as an Emergency Medical Technician." * New Books Network *
"Dismantles the ambulance's adrenaline-fueled mythology. . . . Seim captures the essence of ambulance work: the plethora of mundane moments interspersed with brief bursts of excitement-excitement that is always tempered by the inevitable paperwork. Undistracted by trying to impress readers with flashy stories of traumatic life or death scenarios, Seim focuses on presenting the conflicts and struggles that ambulance crews face in the course of the day." * Cleveland Review of Books *

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