Exotic dancing and the negotiation of identity - The multiple uses of body technologies
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Contemp. Ethnogr.
exotic dancing; body technology; identity; body; gender; DEVIANT OCCUPATION; CAREER; DANCER; POWER; Sociology; Urban Studies
This study investigates the multiple uses of body technologies by female exotic dancers and the relationship to dancers' negotiations of identity. Using ethnographic methods, primarily in-depth interviews, this article probes the ways that dancers alter their bodies to earn money while also attempting to re-create different meanings through their bodies. In fact, the women use body technologies for multiple purposes but make choices about their bodies in a context that rewards them for only sexualized one-dimensional meanings. Body technologies both hinder and help the attempts these women make to manage subsequent identity complications and are engaged on different levels. This article highlights the ways that body technologies reflect the dancers' struggles concerning body and identity.
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
"Exotic dancing and the negotiation of identity - The multiple uses of body technologies" (2003). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4124.