Negotiating Work, Family, and Identity Among Long-Haul Christian Truck Drivers

Negotiating Work, Family, and Identity Among Long-Haul Christian Truck Drivers : What Would Jesus Haul?

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This book examines the significance of Christianity and constructions of masculinity in the lives of long-haul drivers and how truckers work to construct narratives of their lives as "good, moral" individuals. Using qualitative research, the narratives of evangelical truckers and their navigation of modern masculinity, work and family obligations, and identity are more

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 15mm | 349g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739196626
  • 9780739196625

About Rebecca L. Upton

Rebecca L. Upton is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at DePauw University and affiliated faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory more

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Negotiating Work is a gripping exploration of the subculture of truck stop ministries, Christianity on the road, and the men of America's highways. Through her careful ethnographic research, Upton offers us the voices and daily lives of a heretofore overlooked population of Christian men actively constructing and performing masculinity. An impressive contribution to the literature of gender performance, masculinity studies, and religion in America, this book is a fascinating portrait of the myriad ways that workers construct, maintain, and rely on gendered identities. -- Annie Blazer, College of William and Mary Who knew that there is a veritable prayer meeting taking place along the nation's highways? In Negotiating Work, Family, and Identity among Long-Haul Christian Truck Drivers, Upton chronicles the experiences of Christian truckers who are riding with and for Jesus. God really is a co-pilot for the men featured in this richly detailed and engrossing ethnography. This book is a significant contribution in understanding the intersections of religion, work, and identity. The stories are fascinating and offer a complex analysis of situational masculinities, especially in the ways that Christian truckers juggle competing narratives of responsible family men and rugged renegades. -- Jodi O'Brien, Seattle University, author of "The Production of Reality"show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Who are Christian Truckers? Chapter 2: Christian Truckers in Culture and Context Chapter 3: Where are Christian Truckers?: On the Road in Bobtails and Mobile Ministries Chapter 4: Virgin Berths: Sex, Gender and Relationships on the Road Chapter 5: Working Men and God's Work Chapter 6: Masculinity in Motion: Carrying the Message On and Off the Roadshow more