Flying the friendly skies: Why U.S. commercial airline pilots want to carry guns

Fraher, A. L. (2004) Flying the friendly skies: Why U.S. commercial airline pilots want to carry guns. Human Relations, 57 (5). pp. 573-595. ISSN 0018-7267

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726704044310

Abstract

Previous studies of social systems have shown that organizations develop mechanisms to defend against anxiety inherent in the system. This article uses field theory, systems psychodynamics and a participant observer methodology to examine certain defenses that became activated within a US commercial airline in the post-11 September 2001 period. In particular, it analyzes forces affecting the event of arming pilots with handguns at work. This article’s central claim is that pilots’ desire to be armed resulted from a combination of external and internal pressures, personal valencies and work life changes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:applied group relations, commercial airlines, field theory, participant observer methodology, 11 September 2001, systems psychodynamics, Tavistock institute
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:17451
Deposited By: Dr A. Fraher
Deposited On:01 Oct 2012 14:17
Last Modified:26 Nov 2013 00:32

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