A Sense of Security: Carpentry Apprentices Handling Uncertain and Dangerous Work Tasks

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This article explores how carpentry apprentices learn to handle uncertain and potentially dangerous situations in the working environment at construction sites. The analysis focuses on how these situations are negotiated at the workplaces in relation to bodily sensations of pain, relations with their co-workers and the importance placed on ‘getting the work done’. It shows that instead of working to eliminate potentially dangerous situations through the use of precautionary measures such as lifting equipment or personal protection gear, the apprentices learn to understand risk and uncertainties as a part of the job through general learning processes at the workplace.
TidsskriftEthnos. Journal of Anthropology
Sider (fra-til)353-370
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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