By Reuben A. Buford May
Talking at Trena's is an ethnography carried out in a bar in an African American, middle-class local on Chicago's southside. May's paintings specializes in how the usually black, operating- and middle-class buyers of Trena's discuss race, paintings, classification, ladies, relationships, the media, and lifestyles commonly. may well acknowledges tavern speak as a kind of social play and symbolic performace in the tavern, in addition to a sign of the social difficulties African american citizens confront on an everyday basis.
Following an extended culture of analysis on casual collecting locations, May's paintings finds, notwithstanding shut description and research of ethnographic info, how African american citizens come to appreciate the racial dynamics of yank society which influence their jobs, entertainment—particularly tv programs—and their social interactions with friends, employers, and others. Talking at Trena's offers a window into the laughs, lawsuits, studies, and methods which Trena's regulars percentage for handling lifestyle outdoor the security and luxury of the tavern.
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Shit. She pushed my head down between her legs and handed me a hundred-dollar bill. Now, you know, I remember a hundred-dollar bill ’cause it was a whole lot of money then. ” We laughed. 40 Work and the Tavern Aaron turned and added, “You know, back when I got married, one hundred dollars was a lot of money. I got married in ’54. Shit, I used to work for United Airlines making ﬁfty-six dollars a week. I had a wife and two kids and could come home and pay the rent, give her some money, and still have some money left over.
As Nelson, a Cook County sheriff, and Duke, a Work and the Tavern 41 construction worker, both in their ﬁfties, point out, patrons take their work as a proud privilege and their social life in the tavern as a reward for their hard work. I was at the bar sipping my drink, and I overheard Duke and Nelson talking about hanging out at Trena’s. I turned to Duke and asked, “Man, I see you in here a lot. ” “Every day,” he responded. “Damn,” I said. “I can’t even hang. ” “Shit, we be in here every day ’cause we ain’t got to worry about shit.
Well, you’re in the right place,” Monique responded. Sam, like so many other patrons who work during the early morning hours, spends the late afternoon hours relaxing from his job as a mechanic. Unlike Sam, whose job requires him to be physically present, other regulars have more ﬂexible hours and can escape work sooner than Sam. The patrons are also free to break from the constraints of the ofﬁce and the constant control that White managers and supervisors have over their time and work. From time to time, these regulars slip into the tavern for an early afternoon break.