Strip Club: Gender, Power, and Sex Work

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NYU Press, Sep 14, 2010 - Social Science - 277 pages
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In Strip Club, Kim Price‒Glynn takes us behind the scenes at a rundown club where women strip out of economic need, a place where strippers’ stories are not glamorous or liberating, but emotionally demanding and physically exhausting. Strip Club reveals the intimate working lives of not just the women up on stage, but also the patrons and other workers who make the place run: the owner‒manager, bartenders, dejays, doormen, bouncers, housemoms, and cocktail waitresses.


Price‒Glynn spent fourteen months at The Lion’s Den working as a cocktail waitress, and her uncommonly deep access reveals a conflict‒ridden workplace, similar to any other workplace, one where gender inequalities are reproduced through the everyday interactions of customers and workers. Taking a novel approach to this controversial and often misunderstood industry, Price‒Glynn draws a fascinating portrait of life and work inside the strip club.

 

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Contents

A Typical Shift
1
Context and Perspective
25
The Gendered Organization of Stripping in The Lions Den
47
The Making of Masculinities in The Lions Den
67
Managing Stripping Labor
101
Strippers and Economic Exploitation
143
The Lions Den 20052006
165
Researching The Lions Den
199
Participant Descriptions of Life and Work
209
Notes
231
References
243
Index
255
About the Author
263
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About the author (2010)

Kim Price-Glynn is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban and Community Studies at the University of Connecticut.

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