Sydney’s Human Ethology Assignment

Focal Sample

Young male, sitting at the bar with another male he appears to know on his right. The individual is carrying on a conversation with his companion. He is leaning with his elbows on the bar and is facing forward. He is holding a beer that is rested on the bar. He laughs and looks towards the door. He continues to talk with his companion. He looks up as the door opens and then back down. He scans the bar. He looks at the door as it opens. He checks his phone which is lying to his left on the bar. He speaks with his companion. He looks up as the door opens and back down. He looks at his phone. He looks at the door as it opens. He waves to two females that walk in. He sits up and takes his elbows off the bar. He looks at his phone. He turns around on his chair and hugs both of the females. The females sit on either side of the individual and his companion. The individual begins talking to the female and smiles. He speaks to her and points to his drink. Then he appears to order a drink for her. He scans the room. He turns his head to his male companion and speaks to him. His body remains oriented to the female. He then speaks to the female. All four get up and walk toward a booth. The individual lets the female walk in from of him. He puts his hand on her back. They sit down in a booth. Both females slide in, and the males sit next to them. The individual sits by the female he was sitting next to at the bar. The individual and his companion both take turns speaking. The individual waves his hands and gestures as he speaks. Both females laugh as the males are speaking. The individual turns and looks at the female as she laughs and then looks at the other female, then his male companion.

Scan Sample

First scan: People are standing along a wall and sitting at tables and are for the most part in small groups of 3-6. Some are playing pool. People are smoking. Many people have a drink in their hand. Others appear to be drinking but have placed their beverage down. Every person is speaking with at least one other person. Most people, even those who are conversing with one another, look to the pool tables frequently.

Second scan: People are standing along a wall and sitting at tables and are for the most part in small groups of 3-6. Some are playing pool. People are smoking. Many people have a drink in their hand. Others appear to be drinking but have placed their beverage down. Most people, even those who are conversing with one another, look to the pool tables frequently. Two males from different groups are standing alone. They both are holding pool cues and are smoking. They are staring at the pool table and scanning the room.

Third scan: People are standing along a wall and sitting at tables and are for the most part in small groups of 3-6. Some are playing pool. People are smoking. Many people have a drink in their hand. Others appear to be drinking but have placed their beverage down. One of the lone males is now standing by a group. The other remains by himself as his two companions play pool. One female is dancing.

Fourth scan: People are standing along a wall and sitting at tables and are for the most part in small groups of 3-6. Some are playing pool. People are smoking. Many people have a drink in their hand. Others appear to be drinking but have placed their beverage down. A female is dancing with a male; she is moving his arms for him. A different male is now standing alone. The previous individual that was alone is now setting up a new game with the female companion who was playing the last.

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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