Mrs. Michelle Petrie
January 27, 2014
Intro to Sociology
Summary of "My Intellectual Journey" by Mary Romero
Romero atricle investigates racism and social mobility in the United States. Romero reinterpretates her own experince. Romero explains how biography and history helps her influence her research on domestic service work done by Chicanas. She completed 25 open interviews with mexican americans. Throughout the essay she describes deeply about her research process.
Her were the following:
How vulnerable were the Chicanas to exploitation, racism and sexism?
Did their day work status and U.S. citizenship provide protection against degradation and humiliation?
How did the Chicano go about establishing a labor arrangement within a society that marked them as racial and cultural inferior?
How did they deal with racial slur and sexist remark?
How did they attempt to negotiate social interactions and informal labor arrangements with employers and their families?
Romero does not state everything directly but she gives a abstract.She answers her questions with vauable inforamtion but she considers theory methods about mexican americans. Therefore it causes a full explaination. She has a hypothesis on the Chicanas which is their ethinicity, class, and race. Housework is described based on class, race, and ethinicity. From the description its divided throughtout the lines. Domestic service is diffused as embrassament and degrading it offers higher pay. Chicnanas need this becuase they suffer financally.
Mary Romero finds very useful and knowledgable information on domestic work, race, class, and gender. "There is nothing intrinsically demeaning about domestic labor. The work is oppessive, or not, becuase of structual relationships of race. class, gender, and citizenships that are pervasive and predate the employer/employee exchange" Mary Romero.
Mary Romero is a really a magnificent professor, writer, and sociologist. She began...