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Talking at Trena's: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern
     

Talking at Trena's: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern

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by Reuben A. Buford May
 

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ISBN-10: 0814756719

ISBN-13: 9780814756713

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

Talking at Trena's is an ethnography conducted in a bar in an African American, middle-class neighborhood on Chicago's southside. May's work focuses on how the mostly black, working- and middle-class patrons of Trena's talk about race, work, class, women, relationships, the media, and life in general. May recognizes tavern talk as a form of social play and

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Talking at Trena's is an ethnography conducted in a bar in an African American, middle-class neighborhood on Chicago's southside. May's work focuses on how the mostly black, working- and middle-class patrons of Trena's 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.

Following a long tradition of research on informal gathering places, May's 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, entertainment—particularly television programs—and their social interactions with peers, employers, and others. Talking at Trena's provides a window into the laughs, complaints, experiences, and strategies which Trena's regulars share for managing daily life outside the safety and comfort of the tavern.

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ISBN-13:
9780814756713
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Talking at Trena's: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a seriously funny look at the way black men and women fellowship at a local tavern. The realness, the explicitness, and out right comedy of everyday happenings, coupled with the insight as to why people are the way they are-- as seen through the eyes of everyday African-Americans is truly a conversation for all to hear. I felt like I was on the stools of the local bar on the south side of Chicago--I hope to see more from this outstanding, accomplished author very soon.