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'Flying the friendly skies': why US commercial airline pilots want to carry guns

'Flying the friendly skies': why US commercial airline pilots want to carry guns
'Flying the friendly skies': why US commercial airline pilots want to carry guns
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.
11 September 2001, Applied group relations, Commercial airlines, Field theory, Participant observer methodology, Systems psychodynamics, Tavistock Institute
0018-7267
573-595
Fraher, Amy
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Fraher, Amy
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Fraher, Amy (2004) 'Flying the friendly skies': why US commercial airline pilots want to carry guns. Human Relations, 57 (5), 573-595. (doi:10.1177/0018726704044310).

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 May 2004
Published date: 2004
Keywords: 11 September 2001, Applied group relations, Commercial airlines, Field theory, Participant observer methodology, Systems psychodynamics, Tavistock Institute

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Local EPrints ID: 427752
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427752
ISSN: 0018-7267
PURE UUID: e07c00f3-b82a-40b5-aa50-637f3a379fbc
ORCID for Amy Fraher: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2093-5164

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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 24 Oct 2019 00:21

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