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Author Dewey, Susan.

Title Neon wasteland : on love, motherhood, and sex work in a rust belt town / Susan Dewey
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 258 pages)
Contents Cover; 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; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z
Summary 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 th
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Femininity -- Case studies.
Self-perception in women -- Northeastern States -- Case studies.
Sex-oriented businesses -- Social aspects -- Northeastern States -- Case studies.
Women dancers -- Northeastern States -- Case studies.
Women -- Family relationships -- Northeastern States -- Case studies.
Women -- Northeastern States -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Northeastern States -- Economic conditions.
Northeastern States -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010020856
ISBN 0520948319 (electronic bk.)
9780520948310 (electronic bk.)