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Exotic Dance Research: A Review of the Literature from 1970 to 2008
Sexuality & Culture (2011)
  • Stéphanie Wahab, Portland State University
  • Lynda M. Baker
  • Julie M. Smith
  • Kristy Cooper
  • Kari Lerum

This article presents the process and findings of a review of the empirical research literature on exotic dance/dancers in the United States and Canada from 1970 to 2008. We present research methods represented in this sample, as well as the main purposes of these studies, the deployment of theory in exotic dance research, and the visibility of researcher subjectivities. Over time researchers have gradually moved from micro-level analysis with singular explanations toward multi-dimensional and contextual understandings of exotic dance/dancers. Contemporary researchers are less grounded in deviance, pathology, or victimization. We conclude with a discussion and a series of recommendations for future research.

  • Social workers -- United States -- Case studies,
  • Stripteasers -- United States -- Interviews
Publication Date
March, 2011
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Copyright (2010) Springer
Citation Information
Stéphanie Wahab, Lynda M. Baker, Julie M. Smith, Kristy Cooper, et al.. "Exotic Dance Research: A Review of the Literature from 1970 to 2008" Sexuality & Culture Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2011)
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