Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 56–79 | Cite as

Exotic Dance Research: A Review of the Literature from 1970 to 2008

  • Stéphanie Wahab
  • Lynda M. Baker
  • Julie M. Smith
  • Kristy Cooper
  • Kari Lerum
Original Paper

Abstract

This article presents the process and findings of a review of the empirical research literature on exotic dance/dancers in the United States and Canada from 1970 to 2008. We present research methods represented in this sample, as well as the main purposes of these studies, the deployment of theory in exotic dance research, and the visibility of researcher subjectivities. Over time researchers have gradually moved from micro-level analysis with singular explanations toward multi-dimensional and contextual understandings of exotic dance/dancers. Contemporary researchers are less grounded in deviance, pathology, or victimization. We conclude with a discussion and a series of recommendations for future research.

Keywords

Exotic dance Literature review Research Theory Subjectivity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stéphanie Wahab
    • 1
  • Lynda M. Baker
    • 2
  • Julie M. Smith
    • 3
  • Kristy Cooper
    • 4
  • Kari Lerum
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Social WorkPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.School of Library and Information ScienceWayne State UniversityNew BostonUSA
  3. 3.College of EducationWayne State UniversityLake OrionUSA
  4. 4.William P. Faust Westland Public LibraryWestlandUSA
  5. 5.SociologyUniversity of Washington, BothellBothellUSA

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