Exposing Dress Codes in Urban Nightlife

Dr. Reuben May has conducted what is known as an audit pair study – usually used in housing discrimination cases where a White person, a Black person, and a Latino/a person were to portray the same background story and same occupation to see if each person received different information regarding the house was due to their race – to use in a nightlife environment instead.

He dressed two Black men, two White men, and two Latino men – one male in “conformist” clothing and the other male in “thug” clothing – and trained the auditors how to act when confronted by bouncers, especially to avoid violence between the auditors and bouncers. Read more at the Prospectus.