Naked Lives: Inside the Worlds of Exotic Dance

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SUNY Press, Jul 26, 2012 - Social Science - 146 pages
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Is stripping good or bad for the women who do it? According to sociologist Mindy S. Bradley-Engen, there’s no simple answer. An exotic dancer’s experiences can be both empowering and degrading: at times a dancer can feel like a goddess, at times ashamed and dirty. Drawing on extensive interviews as well as her own experiences as an exotic dancer, Bradley-Engen shows that strippers’ work experiences are shaped by the types of establishments—the different worlds—in which they work. A typology of strip clubs emerges: the hustle club, the show club, and the social club, each with its own distinct culture, expectations, and challenges, each creating circumstances in which stripping can be good, bad, or indifferent. Going beyond the warring rhetorics of exploitation and empowerment, this book provides a rich and complex account of the realities of exotic dance and offers a fascinating, thought-provoking consideration for both academics and general readers.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 METHODOLOGY
17
3 DANCING AT THE HUSTLE CLUB
29
4 DANCING AT THE SHOW CLUB
51
5 DANCING AT THE SOCIAL CLUB
69
6 THE SOCIAL WORLDS OF EXOTIC DANCE
83
7 CONCLUSION
117
NOTES
127
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
131
INDEX
137
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Mindy S. Bradley-Engen is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas.

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