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The Naked Result: How Exotic Dance Became Big Business

Jessica Berson


This book explores the corporate takeover of striptease and the concomitant commodification of eroticism in relation to class, race, and the culture industry. The last quarter century has seen a radical shift from individual ownership and management of clubs perceived as seamy dens of illicit desire toward large chains that project an aura of wholesome, middle-class good fun. This corporatizing has had homogenizing and segregating impacts on every aspect of striptease—dancers and their dancing, venues, and patrons. Through observation and movement analysis, interviews with dancers and customer ... More

Keywords: striptease, exotic dance, strip club, branding, feminism, neoliberalism, Combat Zone, gentlemen’s club, Laban Movement, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199846207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Berson, author
Lecturer in Dramatic Arts, Harvard University