Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Diversity and Community Studies

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This ethnographic research investigates the culture of exotic dancing in two exotic dance clubs in Bowling Green, Kentucky. By conducting interviews with a former exotic dancer and completing ethnographic observations in the field of an exotic dance club, I explore how exotic dancers in Bowling Green create and perform sexuality as a method of making money. I examine the rules and regulations, such as "Dancer's etiquette," established and enforced by dancers in order to enforce social order. Furthermore, I assess my informant's perception of identity regarding her role as an exotic dancer, including her reaction to the negative stigmas that continuously surround her culture.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Chris Antonsen

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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