Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ethnography in the Hair Salon

1. On page 314, it states how the salon customers paid no attention to what was on the television screen when Judge Hatchett was on. Because the salon is a work space made more leisurely and more politically engaged by television, why do you think there was less interest to this show as opposed to Oprah? How much of a role does Oprah’s credibility play in this situation?

2. Based on my own assumptions about black hair salons and black barber shops in comparison to white hair salons, I agree that black hair salons are made more leisurely. What are additional reasons for black hair salons and barber shops as a kind of social environment where the atmosphere is more laid back and less serious in its interactions with others?

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