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Neon Wasteland – On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town - California Scholarship Online
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Neon Wasteland: On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town

Susan Dewey


This book examines the lives of five topless dancers in the economically devastated “rust belt” of upstate New York. With insight and empathy, the book 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 the book's subjects, this text 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 ... More

Keywords: topless dancers, rust belt, upstate New York, women, motherhood, fidelity, performance, economic need, stripper, sex work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520266902
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520266902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Dewey, author