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An analysis of male strip clubs and revue shows: The intersection of race, class, sexuality and location in liminal and marginal spaces
by Smart, Bobbi-Lee, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2014, 80; 1525514
Abstract (Summary)

The location of male revue shows and strip clubs, dancers` performances, and types of dancer/audience interactions, are closely tied to race and class. This research examines how race, class, sexuality, and location intersect in male strip clubs and revue shows. It also shows how these venues act as liminal spaces for the audience and marginal spaces for the employees. Nagel (2003) explains that race, class, and sexuality are closely tied together in American society and that these ties lead to sexual divisions. The methods used to understand these relationships were participant observation and in-depth qualitative interviews with current and former male exotic dancers. This research found that male strip clubs and revue shows are liminal spaces, where women can act as the sexual aggressors, and marginal spaces, where deviant work for men takes place. The findings illustrate the race, class, and sexual divisions and hierarchies within the male exotic industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pinto, Katy
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology
Keywords: Intersectionality, Liminal spaces, Male strippers, Marginal spaces, Race and class, Sexuality
Publication Number: 1525514
ISBN: 978-1-321-03287-1
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