Dirty Dancing: An Ethnography of Lap Dancing

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 25, 2017 - Social Science - 196 pages
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.

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Adding to the increasingly substantial body of literature on this subject, Colosi takes the next appropriate step in producing an ethnographic account of work as a lap dancer. What makes this book ... Read full review


Lapdancing and the nighttime economy
Rules contracts and players
Introducing Starlets a lapdancing club setting
starting out
working at Starlets
Experiencing lapdancing
Being established
leaving Starlets
complex and contradictory
the last dance

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