Doing Gender As Resistance Summary

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Chapter thirty-seven, titled Doing Gender as Resistance; presents itself and its ideas by analyzing two very different restaurants in the United States of America in the early 2000’s; the “Family” and “Concept” Restaurants. Author of the chapter, Chauntelle Anne Tibbals; compares the number of employees, dress codes, modes of self-presentation amongst other gender roles and expectations that arose throughout her study. Alongside the comparison between the two restaurants; Tibbals’ sheds light unto the personalities of those employed at the restaurants; and the ways they conformed to meet work standards. This short critique will examine the chapter in further detail with reflections back to material from the class Sociology 210:
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We are a society developed around the enhancement of corporate and individualized gain and advancement. As seen in the chapter, employees abide by their employers rules to continue receiving pay, while the employers set guidelines to ensure their business runs in a profitable manner. We live in a society which strives off of the inequalities set forward in a strategic manner. As the chapter depicts these social and structural inequalities are normative and necessary for everyday functions and employment to …show more content…
Mentioned in the chapter is how in a sense the restaurants ran as a team; each person knowing their duties and position. From such I reflected back to Chapter Seventeen: The Self as a Social Structure. The chapter spoke of how when on a team; children or other players reactions depends on the attitudes and behaviours of those around them. There are people who control, and there are people who stay more adrift; each finding their proper role within the context of the time. This notion relates well back to the chapter; and how the servers and waitresses conducted themselves. Amongst the employees at both restaurants their positions were known; they knew when to help a table and what duties were assigned as their own.
These notions of knowing ones position whether in a work atmosphere, game or peer setting; or on the societal level as a whole is truly quite intriguing. How society has designed itself is ultimately around each person having their own “group” and knowing where it is they fit in. It forms a cohesive whole, with little room for one to change; and if they change their may be consequences to serve. In essence analyzing two small restaurant settings and applying their roles and norms within this context and then bringing such back to the larger scale of society can be an interesting and thought provoking

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