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Title: The emotional particulars of working on rape cases: Doing dirty work, managing emotional dirt and conceptualising ‘tempered indifference’
Authors: Gunby, C. E.
Carline, A.
First Published: 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP) for King's College London, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Citation: British Journal of Criminology, 2019, In Press
Abstract: Dirty work describes occupations and work tasks that society views as unpleasant, disgusting or morally questionable (Hughes 1958). They are required for society to function, viewed as a ‘necessary evil’ (Douglas 1966; Kreiner, Ashforth and Sluss 2006) and often noble (Ashforth and Kreiner 1999). However, due to the work being considered distasteful or disgusting those that perform it are imbued with a taint or ‘courtesy stigma’ (Goffman 1963) which personifies the dirt. Work can be morally, socially and physically tainted (Ashforth and Kreiner 1999; Ashforth et al. 2007), with more recent literature arguing for a fourth dimension of emotional taint (McMurray and Ward 2014; Ward and McMurray 2016): a dimension currently under theorised.
ISSN: 0007-0955
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, Oxford University Press (OUP) for King's College London, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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