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Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers

Eli Revelle Yano Wilson


In restaurants, why do all the white people work in the front and the brown people in the back? What keeps these workers apart, consigned to highly unequal types of jobs? Drawing on six years of ethnographic research within three Los Angeles–based restaurants, Wilson details how managers and workers jointly divide service workplaces by race, class, and gender. While managers frame social inequality through discriminatory hiring and supervisory policies that grant educated whites access to the most desirable positions and relegate foreign-born Latino men with low levels of education to the marg ... More

Keywords: social inequality, service jobs, race, ethnographic research, restaurants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479800612
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479800612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eli Revelle Yano Wilson, author
University of New Mexico