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notes on ch 1-4

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notes on ch 1-4 V01

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Date Created: 09/20/16
Gloriana De Candia 803773147 Anthro 167 Unrevised Field Note Assignment May 9, 2013 For this study regarding urban anthropology I have elected to investigate the blue collar  or service sector job employees that are currently working in Westwood and their association  with the area. The types of industries included in this study are retail associates, baristas, and  parking attendants.  I hypothesize that many of these employees are traveling a considerable  distance to and from work meaning that they reside in areas outside of the Westwood region. I  also hypothesize that these workers are compelled to work outside of their own communities due to the lack of available and decent wage jobs in these underserved sections of Los Angeles.   Districts such as South Central, Hawthorne, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, and  Koreatown are commonly recognized as neighborhoods that house families of lower socio­ economic standing in comparison to neighborhoods like those in West Los Angeles. Though  Westwood is home to UCLA, a university that is home to over 40,000 students, I predict that  many of these Westwood businesses tend to hire those workers from outer regions as opposed to  local students.  The aim of this study is to mainly highlight the economic conditions outside the  wealthy Westwood area.  Underlying these economic conditions are ways in which people (i.e.  the employees) are forced to manage local economies and are pushed farther away from their  own neighborhoods in order to remain financially stable.   I theorize that this fieldwork can serve to be applied to many other urban cities and their  surrounding areas.  In every urban center there are sectors of lower income and reduced financial opportunity.  If my hypothesis is correct and these people are commuting extensive distances  throughout Los Angeles in order to make a living than it can be assumed that this is occurring in  other large urban center across the nation and the globe.  This in itself spotlights a significant  urban problem and question.  Why is it that in communities that having a growing need for  resources and money, jobs that are able to supply both elements are scarcely found? More  importantly, what can be done in order to boost local economies ensuring that employees do not  have to spend 3 hours of their day traveling to and from work?  Another perspective this study  may highlight is the use of public transportation in urban areas and the importance of the daily  migration of workers from low­income areas to wealthier neighborhoods. I theorize that the lack  of a strong, local community economy in specific regions of large urban centers pushes  thousands of workers into areas in which they are minorities, both financially and ethnically.    Thus far into my fieldwork I have utilized personal observations, interviews, and  participant observations, as I am a barista at a local coffee shop.  In my place of work I have  taken a survey of fellow workers and their home to work distance. Out of 24 employees, only 2  of them live within approximately 10 miles of the workplace.  Out of these same 24 employees,  only of them is a UCLA student.  The other lives with her parents and siblings in a small nearby  apartment. Additionally, I have conducted two separate interviews with employees at two  Westwood establishments.  Some of their responses directly support my hypothesis that low  socioeconomic individuals are drawn out of their own communities in search of better economic  opportunity.  Marilyn G. a first generation Salvadorian who currently resides in Lincoln Heights  stated, “ I work in Westwood because that was where the job offer came up. It wasn't easy  finding a job at the time when I was looking and this was the first job I had guarantee hire at.  Also, there is nothing around my neighborhood that I would even consider working at. Again, it  is not the greatest neighborhood.” She works two minimum wage jobs and makes her hour­long  drive to work 3 to 4 times a week.  In addition to these two ethnographic tools I plan on using  many of the movies and readings that were assigned for class. In particular the Collet article  titled “Enclave, Place, or Nation?” in response to the ethnic diasporas from which many of the  outer regions of Los Angeles are composed.  Also the Smith article “Power in Place” can add  support in the ways of viewing Marxism and a global economy but for my study I will be using it within a more central, intercity context.   In order to make this study as complete and impactful as possible I plan to include a few  more elements of fieldwork.  I have at least one more interview lined up with another Westwood  employee.  I will continue to observe the interactions between employees and their customers  and record the perceived emotions of those who work around me.  It is not uncommon for  coworkers to come into work complaining of the extra long bus ride to work or for them to want  to grab a beer before the long multi­bus trip at night after a closing shift. These intimate  interactions between coworkers allows for a unique glimpse into the “city­migrant” worker’s  daily activities, thoughts, and feelings regarding life (including finances, home life, and their  job).  I also want to conduct a similar study to the one previously mentioned involving statistics  on amount of workers and their distance from work.  I hope to get one more from a Westwood  establishment and perhaps compare that to one from a more suburban area to better see the effect of urbanism on home­to­work travel.    


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