Shelby’s Human Ethology Assignment

Date: 2/9/2013

Time: 8:06 PM (arrival)

Location: Workplay Theatre (Birmingham, AL)

550 23rd Street S.

Setting:

  • very dark, smokey, crowded
  • hipsters everywhere (flannel, PBR and thick rimmed glasses are abundant)
  • older crowd (25 – baby boomers)
  • locals – very talkative (not boisterous); everyone has a drink

FOCAL SAMPLING

  •  white male; 20s; tall; longer brown hair
  • flannel
  • drinking – whiskey and coke, PBR; smiling; swaying; laughing
  • with a flanneled friend (male)
  • swaying to music, occasionally glancing around; not nervous but obviously interested in finding a partner
  • focal point and friend talk and glance around a lot; laughing occasionally
  • lots of eye contact with other women (attractive crowd) – winking or smiling
  • very receptive to all attention
  • makes eye contact with me at 8 min
    • again at 11 min
  • walks over after 2nd round of eye contact
  • “Are you going to dance with me or am I going to have to buy you a shot or two to get your back off of this wall?” *he taps hand on wall I’m leaning against at back of the pit
  • *slight smile* “Well.. I wouldn’t be opposed to either.”
  • *he sees my underage wristband
  • “Oh?” *little uncomfortable – feels like he might be hitting on a 16 y.o.
  • “I’m 19.”
  • “I’m 22” *sigh of relief* *little chuckle*
  • “I’m sure my friends would love your offer” *gesture to my two female friends*
  • begins dancing with blonde; his wingman picks up brunette;
  • dancing only lasts for one song

SCAN SAMPLING

0 MIN

  • last act (a quiet band) is off stage now
  • crew setting up for main act
  • lots of mingling
  • people leaving to use restroom
    • most come back with drinks in hand
    • bringing drinks for friends
    • friends save spots
  • lots of phone usage

5 MIN

  • crowd is standing around
  • couples
  • women making eye contact with attractive males
  • some guys trying to buy girls drinks
  • most are on phones
  • drinks in hand; cigarettes behind ears
  • pictures
  • waiting for band

10 MIN

  • band comes on
  • crowd buzzing
  • talking; laughing; yelling; raising drinks in air
  • lots of phone usage
  • swaying

15 MIN

  • dancing started
  • some couples kissing
  • some still on phones
  • girl next to me can’t put down phone long enough to drink her PBR

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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