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ERIC Number: EJ1103750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
On Becoming Batman: An Ethnographic Examination of Hero Imagery in Early-Career Residential Life Emergency Management
Molina, Danielle K.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v42 n3 p98-111 2016
Emergency response is an essential function of all residential life staff, but particularly for resident assistants serving on the front line. This organizational ethnography examined the role that professional identity played for early-career residential life practitioners engaged in emergency management. The data elucidated heroism as a particularly salient identity for shaping the way early-career practitioners made meaning of their roles. Heroism is elaborated in three contexts: a metaphor used to socialize new RAs; a framework employed by early-career practitioners to rationalize their emergency response responsibilities; and an aspirational goal that, when not put into action, raised questions about professional competency. [Discussion questions prepared by Ben Huff and Jamie Taylor.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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