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Unpublished Paper
Doing Laundry
  • Megan Getter, Ball State University

Using Goffman’s theory on the presentational self, my study explores everyday performances in a laundromat. I take a critical interpretative approach to understand the performances of gender and class in the laundromat. I conducted ethnographic observations as a full member and include autoethnographic observations to enrich the findings. The laundromat is a unique space where gender and class are neutralized people are performing a private chore in a public space. This study fills a gap in public space and ethnographic literature devoid of laundromats.

  • ethnography,
  • laundry,
  • gender,
  • class,
  • autoethnography
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Megan Getter. "Doing Laundry" (2014)
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