Naked Power: The Practice of Stripping as a Confidence Game

  title={Naked Power: The Practice of Stripping as a Confidence Game},
  author={Lisa Pasko},
  pages={49 - 66}
  • L. Pasko
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Psychology
  • Sexualities
The stripper-customer interaction is a complicated manipulation of emotional labour and symbolic communication. Using a series of carefully constructed interactions resembling a confidence game, strippers create and maintain control over their customers. This article uses findings from a participant-observation study performed in Hawaii and explores the motivation, social roles, and consequences involved in the striptease act. In an attempt to acquire a monetary reward, strippers: (1) forge… 
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  • Lynda Nead
  • Art, History
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1990
The evidence given by Kenneth Clark, one of the world's leading art historians, to Lord Longford's committee on pornography in Britain, in 1972 is just one fragment of a vast body of discourses that
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Miranda's Revenge: Police Interrogation as a Confidence Game
This article explores the intricacies and mechanics of police interrogations in light of the Miranda decision. Legal scholars have yet to resolve the question of why suspects usually waive their
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