Affiliation: University of Colorado at Boulder
Dissertation Title: A â€œProfessional Back Placeâ€�: An Ethnography of Restaurant Workers
Committee: Dr. Patricia Adler, Dr. Leslie Irvine (Chair), Dr. Stefanie Mollborn, Dr. Bryan Taylor, Dr. Amy Wilkins
Areas of Specialization: Social Psychology, Deviant Behavior, Work and Occupations, Life Course.
Dissertation Abstract: My dissertation is both a study of restaurants in general and of how the restaurant setting influences the identities and behavioral processes of the employees.Â Specifically, I investigate how the structure and organization of restaurant work shapes employeesâ€™ identities, life choices, goals, feelings, decisions, conventional and unconventional behaviors, and whether these are regarded as appropriately or inappropriately situated in the life course.Â I also consider how the workers negotiate and justify the incongruence with their current and purported self-concepts.
Bio: Amanda M. Shigihara is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Â Her M.A. is in sociology from San Jose University, and her B.A. is in anthropology/sociology from Saint Maryâ€™s College of California.Â She is a Graduate Instructor and has taught Deviance in U.S. Society and Social Problems. Â Â Â