Social Interaction In Public Space Essay

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Social Interaction in Public Spaces In this final paper, I am focused on people’s interaction in public restaurants, and how I could find connections to our class concept. Similarly to my second paper, I decided to do participant observation again because it works better for me. Purposely, I opted to observe to restaurants that are different in many aspects, especially in the people that often go to these restaurants. I did my observation in the Epic Café and Athens on the 4th Avenue. The environment in both restaurants is very different, and it seems that the Athens is mostly visited by people from the middle or higher classes. Thus, you will be reading a lot about social interaction, class and a little bit of race, so I want to make sure …show more content…
In my observation I was able to notice that people in fancy restaurants are more likely to judge and discriminate others based on their physical appearance, social status, and who they come with. The Athens restaurant is mostly frequented by families and couples, and they all seem to be in good social position. Through my observation in two public restaurants I noticed that most of the social interactions between people in these places are strongly influenced by their ideas of class, and race to define who gets better service in the public restaurants. I went to the Epic Café first, and it is a very nice and comfortable place, all the workers were nice with me, and when I asked to do the observation in their place, they allowed me to do it. My first impression of the Epic Café was that there were no difference in the way they treat people, and it was open for everybody regardless the skin color, social status, level education …show more content…
I can strongly affirm that there is presence of inequality in the Athens restaurant due to the fact that they would only provide good customer service if you physically demonstrate that you belong to a middle or higher class. Thus, the people inside this restaurant have the same idea in their mind, which make the only interact with people from their family or people that share the same social status, making me automatically link it to the concept of reciprocity. I believe that this links to reciprocity because in the Athens restaurant is very notable the exchange between costumers and workers. Costumers provide high profits to the restaurant and in exchange they give them good services, but they closely judge people by the physical appearance to find out which economic class they belong to, and provide good or poor customer service. In contrast, the Epic café shows a different reality because they break a lot of stereotypes commons in most of restaurants. This idea that I mentioned before about reciprocity in the Athens restaurant based on the economic class, is not an issue in the Epic café because it seems that they have a different motto. I believe that the key to this situation is in the idea that many people have about who should interact to whom. Most of the

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