Monday, May 07, 2012
Homework Essay #4
During the past 2 days I have recorded my interaction with approximately 15 people, both male and female ranging from age 18 to 45. This is a qualitative project based upon the symbolic interactionism theory, which focuses attention on the way that people communicate and interact with one another through words, gestures and symbols that have conventional meaning. With this in mind, the following is a brief summary of the people that I have come into contact with.
Meet *Marvin*. Marvin is a black male who appears to be my age, 40. His shabby and dirty clothes and shoes were not out of place since the place I ran into him at The Home Depot, where most of the people were contractors, handy men, or property owners purchasing material for a project that they are involved in. I went to the home depot for the purpose of finding a MEXICAN, (In the home improvement/construction world, the word Mexican is associated with cheap labor), to fix my hot water tank. What attracted my attention to Marvin Was the fact that he was nodding in the middle of an aisle. His nodding, to me, meant that I have found someone whose labor would be cheaper than a Mexicans. It was apparent that Marvin was a heroin user and because of that I figured that I could get him to the work I needed to get done for cheap but, what I should have done was locked him into a price before having him do the job because, as it terns out, although Marvin is a heroin addict, he is a master plumber and he charges master plumber prices for his labor. Meet Tynesha, Tynesha, is a black female age 39, who walks her dog through the projects every day at 4:45, I know this because I have noticing her for 3 months but have not spoken to her. So this assignment gave me the courage to finally speak to her. I can’t remember what she was wearing but I do know that her jeans were tight. I introduce myself to her and tell her that I...