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From upper-class to underclass. Working the skies : representations and reality, 1930-2010

Baum, T.G. (2010) From upper-class to underclass. Working the skies : representations and reality, 1930-2010. In: CAUTHE 2010. CAUTHE, Melbourne. ISBN 9781862955608

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    Abstract

    Working in the sky, whether as a pilot or member of the cabin crew, continues to hold a fascination and attraction for potential entrants that far exceed the technical demands or financial rewards of the reality of such work. Perceived as glamorous work since the early days of commercial flight in the 1930s, this tag has largely remained, despite major changes to the business and workplace environment in the intervening years. It is also an area of work that has inspired a genre of romantic fiction and numerous 'real life' recollections alongside serious academic analysis. This paper charts the representation of, in particular, female flight attendant work from its 'golden era' through to the present, drawing on both fictional and factual accounts, in order to ask whether contemporary representation is any more a true reflection of this work than that of previous generations.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 40074
    Keywords: upper class, underclass, working, skies, cabin crew, pilot, golden age, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 14:56
    Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 08:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/40074

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