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Author Berson, Jessica, author.

Title The naked result : how exotic dance became big business / Jessica Berson.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    792.7 BER    Available
Description xii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary "We have grown accustomed to corporate influence in retail outlets, restaurants, and even higher education-but what happens when corporations take over desire? The Naked Result: How Exotic Dance Became Big Business explores the changing world of striptease, tracing its path from the unruly underground to brightly lit, branded 'gentlemen's clubs.' Drawing on her own experience as an exotic dancer, Jessica Berson examines the ways that striptease embodies conflicting notions of race, class, and female sexuality, and how the exotic dance industry deploys these differences to codify and commodify our erotic imagination. Chain clubs, fitness programs, and music videos are moving exotic dance into the mainstream, stripping its historical potential to embody and express subversive desires-erotic and otherwise-and generate resistant modes of female erotic subjectivity. Through case studies including Boston's Combat Zone in the 1970s-80s, the development of lap dancing in London in the 1990s, and the triumph of corporate striptease in post-Giuliani New York City in the last decade,The Naked Result reveals an industry that increasingly eradicates individuality and agency in order to increase profits. Ultimately, The Naked Result argues that corporatization has cheerfully smothered the diversity of desire and expression for both dancers and customers, repackaging the most mysterious human emotions into easily branded experiences no more personal or powerful than those to be found in any themed restaurant or coffee mega-chain"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-266) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: stripping, sex, and Starbucks -- 2. Live nude girls: notes on being a naked participant-observer -- 3. Dancing sexy: difference and desire in two Connecticut clubs -- 4. Introducing McStripping: corporeality, corporations, and the advent of the lap dance in the United Kingdom -- 5. Dancing in the Combat Zone: exotic dance, nostalgia, and urban renewal -- 6.Taking stock: striptease, stratification, and the NASDAQ -- 7. Pasties and pixels: striptease and the mainstream.
Subject Striptease -- History.
Striptease -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 9780199846207 (cloth)
0199846200 (cloth)

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