Based on ethnographic research conducted in 'Starlets', a lap-dancing club in the North of England, this book delves into what is often seen as the 'deviant', and 'stigmatized' world of lap-dancing. As well as the relationships between dancers, the author offers a unique insider's account of lap-dancing club culture, having worked as a lap-dancer both prior to, and during, the study. The book tells a fascinating tale of the author's experiences working as a lap dancer and the insights this has provided. This book projects a textured picture of working, socializing and living as a lap-dancer by following the dancer from the beginning of her career, to her eventual exit; providing a fluid and comprehensive examination of the occupation of lap-dancing. As well as building on the popular themes of 'dancer motivation', 'dancer exploitation/empowerment' and risk already embedded in existing literature, this book also offers completely new insight into this industry by drawing attention to the occupational subculture of which lap-dancers at 'Starlets' were found to be a part. This book is recommended for anyone studying or researching in this field.
Table of ContentsPart I: Introducing the Ethnography: Working and Researching in a 'deviant' Occupation 1. My Story 2. Research Motivation, Significance and Approach 3. The Dancing-ethnographer 4. Conceptualizing Lap-dancing Part II: Lap-dancing and the Night-time Economy 5. Commercializing Lap-dancing 6. Legislating on and Regulating Lap-dancing Part III: Rules, Contracts and Players 7. Rules, Rotas and Contracts 8. Dancers' Earnings 9. The Lap-dance 10. The Sit-down 11. The Stage Show 12. Starlets' Main Players Part IV: Introducing Starlets: a Lap-dancing Club Setting 13. The Heart of the Action: Starlets 14. The Changing Room 15. The Managers' Office 16. The Main Floor 17. The Main Stage 18. Dance Reception 19. Conclusion Part V: Karen's Story, Part 1 20. Starting Out 21. Becoming a Dancer 22. Entry Routes 23. The Complexity of Dancer Motivation 24. Getting in: the Audition Part VI: Karen's Story, Part 2 25. Working at Starlets 26. Learning to Lap-dance: an Apprenticeship 27. The Apprenticeship 28. New and Under Scrutiny 29. Forming Relationships with other Dancers 30. Making Adjustments 31. The Tacit Rules 32. Developing Dancing Skills Part VII: Experiencing Lap-dancing 33. The Cynical Performance 34. Social and Emotional Rituals 35. The Experience of Stigma 36. Feeling the Strain of Lap-dancing Part VIII: Being Established 37. Old-school Privileges 38. Maintenance of the Tacit Rules 39. Re-establishing Status 40. The meaning of Status Part IX: Karen's Story, Part 3 41. Leaving Starlets 42. Saying Goodbye 43. Exit Routes 44. Dismissal 45. Returning to Starlets Part X: Lap-dancing - Complex and Contradictory 46. Power and Resistance 47. Worker Exploitation 48. Dancer Morality 49. The Future? What future? 50. Epilogue: the Last Dance ...