Portland State University. Department of Anthropology
Daniel J. Scheans
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology
1 online resource (159 p.)
Bi Mart Company, Department stores -- United States -- Case studies, Self-service stores -- United States -- Case studies, Discount houses (Retail trade) -- United States -- Case studies
This ethnography is a study of the cultural scene at one store of a chain of twenty-eight retail "discount department stores"--the Bi Mart Company, a subsidiary of the Pay 'n Save Corporation. It is an exercise of an ethnographic method developed by James Spradley that is used to uncover and describe the cultural grammar of acquired knowledge which Bi Mart employees use to define and interpret their situation and to generate and understand their work. The method is based on the assumption that culture is best learned and best described (as much as possible) from the "native" point of view.
Princehouse, Caroline Yvonne, "You don't have to have a high school education to work here : an ethnography of a chainstore" (1984). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3584.