Neon Wasteland : On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town. (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Neon Wasteland : On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town.

Author: Susan Dewey
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This path-breaking book examines the lives of five topless dancers in the economically devastated "rust belt" of upstate New York. With insight and empathy, Susan Dewey shows how these women negotiate their lives as parents, employees, and family members while working in a profession widely regarded as incompatible with motherhood and fidelity. Neither disparaging nor romanticizing her subjects, Dewey investigates  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dewey, Susan.
Neon Wasteland : On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Dewey
ISBN: 9780520948310 0520948319
OCLC Number: 1058800773
Description: 1 online resource (180 pages)
Contents: Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Dedication Page --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1 --
Introduction --
2 --
Feminized Labor and the Classed Body --
3 --
Everyday Survival Strategies --
4 --
Being a Good Mother in a "Bad" Profession --
5 --
Pseudointimacy and Romantic Love --
6 --
Calculating Risks, Surviving Danger --
7 --
Body Work and the Feminization of Poverty --
8 --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index.

Abstract:

This path-breaking book examines the lives of five topless dancers in the economically devastated "rust belt" of upstate New York. With insight and empathy, Susan Dewey shows how these women negotiate their lives as parents, employees, and family members while working in a profession widely regarded as incompatible with motherhood and fidelity. Neither disparaging nor romanticizing her subjects, Dewey investigates the complicated dynamic of performance, resilience, economic need, and emotional vulnerability that comprises the life of a stripper. An accessibly written text that uses academic theories and methods to make sense of feminized labor, Neon Wasteland shows that sex work is part of the learned process by which some women come to believe that their self-esteem, material worth, and possibilities for life improvement are invested in their bodies

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