Alison Owings

in Hey, Waitress!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217508
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931220 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the reader to waitresses—who have been vastly overlooked, underappreciated, and even understudied—beginning with a narration of the author's own experience as a waitress during the 1960s. It then moves on to describe the number of waitresses in the United States, while noting that this number can change at any time. The chapter describes the author's growing interest in waitresses and how she conducted the initial phase of her research on them. It also mentions several features about waitresses, such as their anonymity and their potential as rich information sources.

Keywords: waitresses; United States; features about waitresses; anonymity; information sources

Chapter.  2189 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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