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Dirty Dancing: An Ethnography of Lap Dancing (Crime and Ethnography…

by Rachela Colosi

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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 especially interesting is the researcher's location as a fellow lap dancer. Whilst criticisms are often made of 'going native', this is an approach which can result in more information being freely given. The research was not covert, but Colosi's positioning as 'one of us' helps produce a fuller picture of this type of work. The structure of the established dancer and the way in which they act as an arbiter of which rules can be bent and by whom is elucidated by Colosi. As is the shifting nature of a woman's relationship to the work according to other factors in her life. This is a strong ethnography, perhaps a little light on the underlying theory for my liking, but certainly worth reading for anyone working in this area. ( )
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