Naked Lives: Inside the Worlds of Exotic Dance

Naked Lives: Inside the Worlds of Exotic Dance

by Mindy S. Bradley-Engen
     
 

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,… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426068
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

My Interest
Applying a Social Worlds Perspective

2. Methodology

Analytical Approach
The Dancers

3. Dancing at the Hustle Club

The Social World of the Hustle Club

The Pussycat

Adjusting to the World of the Hustle Club

Brianna’s Story

4. Dancing at the Show Club

The Social World of the Show Club

Babydoll’s

Adjusting to the World of the Show Club

Showcasing
Rachel’s Story

5. Dancing at the Social Club

The Social World of the Social Club

Fantasy

Adjusting to the World of the Social Club

Club Initiation
Nadia’s Story

6. The Social Worlds of Exotic Dance

The Work and Normative Order of the Hustle Club
Explaining Career Continuity: The World of the Hustle Club
The Work and Normative Order of the Show Club
Explaining Career Continuity: The World of the Show Club
The Work and Normative Order of the Social Club
Explaining Career Continuity: The World of the Social Club

7. Conclusion

Future Directions . . .
Club Typology Trends
Challenging the “Exploitation versus Liberation” Debate

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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