Retail By Tennessee Williams: Chapter Summary

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Williams talks about the culture of retail in her chapter. To her retail like anything else also has a racial inequality (and gender and class inequality as well) influence to where we shop, how we shop, and what we buy. Within the retail industry they sustain such inequalities with their hiring policies that favor certain kind of workers and advertising aimed at customers from specific racial or ethnic groups. She has been on both sides of the spectrum as a consumer and as the worker and has seen it firsthand. She has worked in two different toy stores and they culture was different in both. In the warehouse type of store she was the minority, whereas in the more upscale store most of the clerks were white. She notes that whites have the

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