Access over 20 million homework & study documents
search

Interactions In The Barbershops In America Analysis

Content type

User Generated

Subject

American Studies

Type

Analytical Review

Rating

Showing Page:
1/5
Participant Observation
Background
The setting is an African American barbershop located at 1352 U St NW. The room is
lengthy but narrow and has a waiting area close to the door. There is also a large window
separated from the door by a thin wall and two black chairs, which act as a waiting area for
customers in line. Moreover, there is a book cabinet close to the chairs with a flat-screen
television on top that faces the shaving area. There is also another waiting area close to the door
that takes the form of an inverted "L.
The barbershop then extends to the left to create a wider space between the walls. In the
extended area, there are two large shaving chairs that face the wall to the left and five shaving
chairs facing the right wall. On another matter, the bottom section of the wall is wooden and the
top section is concrete. The barbershop also has a roof with black metals that resemble pipes and
limited space due to congestion. Another observation is that the barbers are diverse since the
facility has a female, two Asian, a white, and three African American barbers. There is also the
manager, an older man sited outside. Moreover, the barbers do not have work uniforms but are
neatly dressed.
The primary aim of selecting this setting was to understand how African American
barbershops nurture and uphold an information-sharing culture through interactions. In this
regard, I observed activities in the barbershop for a total of three hours on two separate days,
Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the observation was for an hour and two hours on Saturday. The
observation does not include a predetermined hypothesis apart from the need to answer the
research problem.

Sign up to view the full document!

lock_open Sign Up
Showing Page:
2/5
Findings
The observational experiment led to an understanding of small aspects that define the
overall interaction. An important aspect is that interactions in these barbershops are always
friendly in nature. The reason for this is since the findings show that African American
barbershops focus on making strangers friends and converting clients to family. On this note,
these settings acknowledge strangers and enhance friendly relationships that allow people to feel
secure while sharing information. Moreover, the findings show that most patterns entail verbal
communication since people engage in discussions regarding various societal and personal
issues.
Observing individuals in the setting also led to the understanding of various implicit rules
that guided interactions, such as respect, confidentiality, and no judgment. Understanding these
rules explains why barbershops uphold their information-sharing culture through interactions.
According to the observation age has a major effect on discussions in the barbershop. The reason
for this is since teenagers and kids never spoke about politics, an issue that aroused interest
among older persons. For instance, if a child entered the premise older clients would change the
story by asking questions regarding the school curriculum. Moreover, the findings show that
barbershop interactions are both collaborative and competitive, depending on the discussion
topic. In this regard, customers are friendly regarding topics such as school, business, and advice
to the youth. On the other hand, interactions in barbershops are competitive when it comes to
politics and community issues.
In an analysis of the field notes, creating an information sharing culture requires barbers
to breaching the social class gap that hinders interactions. In this regard, barbers focus on
providing clients with good haircuts that enhance how the customers feel. On the other hand, the

Sign up to view the full document!

lock_open Sign Up
Showing Page:
3/5

Sign up to view the full document!

lock_open Sign Up

Unformatted Attachment Preview

Participant Observation Background The setting is an African American barbershop located at 1352 U St NW. The room is lengthy but narrow and has a waiting area close to the door. There is also a large window separated from the door by a thin wall and two black chairs, which act as a waiting area for customers in line. Moreover, there is a book cabinet close to the chairs with a flat-screen television on top that faces the shaving area. There is also another waiting area close to the door that takes the form of an inverted "L”. The barbershop then extends to the left to create a wider space between the walls. In the extended area, there are two large shaving chairs that face the wall to the left and five shaving chairs facing the right wall. On another matter, the bottom section of the wall is wooden and the top section is concrete. The barbershop also has a roof with black metals that resemble pipes and limited space due to congestion. Another observation is that the barbers are diverse since the facility has a female, two Asian, a white, and three African American barbers. There is also the manager, an older man sited outside. Moreover, the barbers do not have work uniforms but are neatly dressed. The primary aim of selecting this setting was to understand how African American barbershops nurture and uphold an information-sharing culture through interactions. In this regard, I observed activities in the barbershop for a total of three hours on two separate days, Friday and ...
Purchase document to see full attachment
User generated content is uploaded by users for the purposes of learning and should be used following Studypool's honor code & terms of service.

Anonymous
Great content here. Definitely a returning customer.

Studypool
4.7
Trustpilot
4.5
Sitejabber
4.4