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Talking at Trenas: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern
Talking at Trenas: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern by Reuben A. Buford May 0814756727 9780814756720
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Talking at Trenas: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern by Reuben A. Buford May

<p><b>Talking at Trenas</b>is an ethnography conducted in a bar in an African American, middle-class neighborhood on Chicagos southside. Mays work focuses on how the mostly black, working- and middle-class patrons of Trenas talk about race, work, class, women, relationships, the media, and life in general. May recognizes tavern talk as a form of social play and symbolic performace within the tavern, as well as an indication of the social problems African Americans confront on a daily basis.</p> <p>Following a long tradition of research on informal gathering places, Mays work reveals, though close description and analysis of ethnographic data, how African Americans come to understand the racial dynamics of American society which impact their jobs, entertainmentparticularly television programsand their social interactions with peers, employers, and others.<b>Talking at Trenas</b>provides a window into the laughs, complaints, experiences, and strategies which Trenas regulars share for managing daily life outside the safety and comfort of the tavern.</p

Author: Reuben A. Buford May

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 200

Publisher: NYU Press

Publication Date: 2001-12-01

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