Deviance and marginal occupations: the case of taxi drivers

Sheahan, M and Smith, P (2003) Deviance and marginal occupations: the case of taxi drivers. Deviant Behavior, 24 5: 449-466. doi:10.1080/713840244

Author Sheahan, M
Smith, P
Title Deviance and marginal occupations: the case of taxi drivers
Journal name Deviant Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0163-9625
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/713840244
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 5
Start page 449
End page 466
Total pages 18
Editor C.J. Forsyth
Place of publication Philadelphia
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject C1
370100 Sociology
780107 Studies in human society
Abstract The taxi industry provides a strategic site to explore workplace deviance in low supervision, low status, occupational settings. Despite this theoretical opportunity and the objective importance of the taxi industry worldwide, very little is known about deviance among taxi drivers. Making use of interview data, this exploratory study maps out forms of workplace deviance and the explanations given for them by a sample of male taxi drivers. Major illegal activities reported included speeding, driving unsafe vehicles, taking drugs, and fraud. Theories pertaining to worker alienation, stress management, victim precipitation, and social control were relevant to the rationalizations some of the drivers provided to account for their illegal behaviors. We conclude that the occupational culture of taxi drivers and the structure of the taxi industry facilitate the forms of deviance reported here.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Employee Deviance
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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