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The Hungry CowboyService and Community in a Neighborhood Restaurant$
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Karla A. Erickson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732061

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732061.001.0001

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Producing Familiarity

Producing Familiarity

Servers at the Hungry Cowboy

(p.28) 2 Producing Familiarity
The Hungry Cowboy

Karla A. Erickson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter use servers’ narratives along with the author’s own observations of their behavior at work to explore the contradictions, costs, and rewards involved in waiting tables at the Hungry Cowboy. It considers how servers create and perpetuate belonging, recognition, and community through their approach to their work. The conclusions are based on interviews with fifteen servers—five men and ten women—who have worked at the Hungry Cowboy from one to ten years.

Keywords:   restaurants, food servers, waitresses, waiters

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