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Flexible workers : labour, regulation and the political economy of the stripping industry

Author: Teela Sanders; Kate Hardy
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge studies in crime and society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Striptease and other types of erotic dance increasingly make up a large, lucrative and visible part of the sex industries in the United Kingdom and 'lap dancing' has become the focus of many important contemporary debates about gender, work and sexuality. This new book from Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy moves away from the more traditional focus on the relations between dancers and customers, to a focus on
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Sanders, Teela.
Flexible workers
(DLC) 2013040694
(OCoLC)863100349
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Teela Sanders; Kate Hardy
ISBN: 9781317755326 1317755324 9781315798035 1315798034 1306661900 9781306661904
OCLC Number: 880147862
Description: 1 online resource (x, 206 pages).
Contents: Introduction: Beyond the Stripping Wars Chapter 1. Locating the Strip-Based Entertainment Industry Chapter 2. From Pathology to Labour: The Discursive Landscape of Strip Clubs, Workers and Regulation Chapter 3. Empty shell licensing: law, reform and Sexual Entertainment Venues Chapter 4. The race to the bottom: working conditions and value production in the strip club Chapter 5. Professionals, pragmatists and strategists: Understanding labour supply in the UK strip industry Chapter 6. "No dancer ever earns money out of the pole": Attentive economies of stripping work Chapter 7. Falling through the regulatory gap: managing and licensing stripping Chapter 8. Speaking back: the feminist and class politics of stripping Conclusions. Proliferation, stagnation or decline? The UK strip industry now and beyond Dancers Interviewed.
Series Title: Routledge studies in crime and society.
Responsibility: Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy.

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"Striptease and other types of erotic dance increasingly make up a large, lucrative and visible part of the sex industries in the United Kingdom and 'lap dancing' has become the focus of many important contemporary debates about gender, work and sexuality. This new book from Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy moves away from the more traditional focus on the relations between dancers and customers, to a focus on regulation and the working conditions experienced by those working in stripping work. Drawing on interviews, survey data and participant observation with dancers, managers, regulators and other staff, Sanders and Hardy present the first ever nationwide study of the stripping industry and the working lives of those within it. The book explores the reasons for the expansion of the industry in the United Kingdom and the experiences, opinions and perspectives of those that produce and shape it. Placing dancers' voices centre stage, it examines the wider political economy which shapes dancers' engagement in employment in the stripping industry, pointing towards the wider conditions of the labour market and growing privatisation of Higher Education as explanatory factors for its labour supply. In suggesting a new feminist politics of stripping, dancers voice their own political awareness of erotic dance and an intersectional analysis of solidarity with workers in the stripping industry is foregrounded. Presenting a 360 degree view of the industry, this ground-breaking study presents systematic evidence for the first time on this area of social life which has become central as a strategy of survival, class mobility and urban accumulation. It will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the fields of criminology, sociology, geography, labour studies and gender studies, as well as regulators, activists and even dancers themselves"--

"Striptease and other types of erotic dance increasingly make up a large, lucrative and visible part of the sex industries in the United Kingdom and 'lap dancing' has become the focus of many important contemporary debates about gender, work and sexuality. This new book from Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy moves away from the more traditional focus on the relations between dancers and customers, to a focus on regulation and the working conditions experienced by those working in stripping work. Drawing on interviews, survey data and participant observation with dancers, managers, regulators and other staff, Sanders and Hardy present the first ever nationwide study of the stripping industry and the working lives of those within it. The book explores the reasons for the expansion of the industry in the United Kingdom and the experiences, opinions and perspectives of those that produce and shape it. Placing dancers' voices centre stage, it examines the wider political economy which shapes dancers' engagement in employment in the stripping industry, pointing towards the wider conditions of the labour market and growing privatisation of Higher Education as explanatory factors for its labour supply. In suggesting a new feminist politics of stripping, dancers voice their own political awareness of erotic dance and an intersectional analysis of solidarity with workers in the stripping industry is foregrounded. Presenting a 360 degree view of the industry, this ground-breaking study presents systematic evidence for the first time on this area of social life which has become central as a strategy of survival, class mobility and urban accumulation"--

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