LJ Higgins
Mrs. Schock
Critical Reading and Writing I
9 Oct 2016
Ethnography of Barbers hop
This ethnography will be over the social structure of a North Atlanta ( The " Nawfside " ) neighborhood barbershop : A1 Kutz , ran by Yisrae l Wright and Dusty Fred . I am a regular customer here therefore I am very familiar to the environment , but I found it interesting to attempt to study the atmosphere on a different level. As an student , I wanted to understand the dynamic s of the venue in its entirety . Through the analy zation of relationships, dialogue , and actions that they have shown, it's particularly easy to be able to find a pattern in their behaviors, indicating conclusions about th eir specific culture. Now that I have lived in Atlanta for a few years now, I have grown to know the area quite well, and admire its common air . Living in North Atlanta particularly, and working for a local business as well, there is an admirable intention to respect others, by respecting the neighborhood. By this, I mean that most residents are open and welcoming and free to explore , especially if they have been living in the area for a while now . For a little background history, A1 Kutz was established in February of 2006 in Snellville, Georgia by owner barber Y israel Wright. All of the barbers include : Arron Burks, Rusty Fred, Yisrael Wright, Dnice , and Shatera Fortner. In this essay, it will be shown that the neighborhood and its population will focus on generating a sense of understanding for their why it is such a respected city known Barbershop .
In order to build a starting point , I located the Barb e rshop and conversed with my barber , Yisreal . I had become familiar with him and a few other employees at the barbershop from each of my visits at their shop . Upon arriving, I expected to have a welcoming entrance like normal and sit down in the waiting area, grab out my laptop, and start jotting ideas and points as they come to my senses. Therefore when I actually walked in, I was ready for sumn that I expected and that actually happened. To insure the proper caliber in my ethnography , I developed a questionnaire for answering , but for myself rather than them . Through the people 's actions , I would find my answers . Before this study, I knew I w ould get very distracted because Snellville may be a huge city-town but everybody still knows everybody ; however, I did not let it afflict my observation process and conclusion s . This serves to support my conclusion that the neighborhood is very close -knit. The population of this specific, North Atlanta neighborhood generate this protective nature in order to help preserve their identity , basically everybody has every bodies back. In this cas e , we are subject to the "us" and "them" scenario.
I was just another person in the barber shop just like everybody else, the difference between me is that I wasn't there to get a haircut. In the beginning , many familiar faces greeted me, but this eventually subsided as I settled in. Whenever someone walked into the shop, he/she would look at me, and then perceive as saying, "What's he doing here?" ( because I had a laptop and backpack in my hands doing the wor k). The males were significantly more open than the women; many time s I would be judged before greeted, but this is only natural. In conclusion from this observation, males are more open to talk and converse with people they may/may not know as where women stay to their selves in situations as such. Even so, to the neighborhood, I am first a long-term resident, then a student. Therefore, I am associated with special indulgences around the area. The barbershop serves as a perfect example of a local business to big corporation opportunities . This is an additional reason as to why so many frequent the Barbershop.
As usual as everyday , the shop was