author={Carol Rambo Ronai and Carolyn Ellis},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={271 - 298}
Using participant observation, retrospective and interactive introspection, and interviews, we describe interactional strategies used by erotic dancers to sell “table dances.” In contrast to past studies, we concentrate on the dynamic, processual nature of the exchange from the point of view of dancers and the dancer as researcher. Instead of emphasizing the deviant aspects of this interaction, we view it as representing a microcosm of strategies used to gain and maintain control in… 
Working in the Fantasy Factory
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Attempts at a Feminist and Interdisciplinary Conversation About Strip Clubs
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Resistance under the Black Light
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Some Dimensions of Altercasting
Altercasting is defined as projecting an identity, to be assumed by other(s) with whom one is in interaction, which is congruent with one's own goals. It is posited as a basic technique of
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The Cabdriver and His Fare: Facets of a Fleeting Relationship
  • F. Davis
  • Psychology
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1959
The relationship between the big-city cabdriver and his fare is random, fleeting, unrenewable, and devoid of socially integrative features conducive to constraint. A regulative imbalance can be said
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Lesbian Behavior as an Adaptation to the Occupation of Stripping
Simon and Gagnon have drawn attention to the importance of linking patterns of homosexual behavior to nondeviant behavior or roles. A complementary perspective is suggested wherein the choice of
Techniques of neutralization: A theory of delinquency.
IN attempting to uncover the roots of juvenile delinquency, the social scientist has long since ceased to search for devils in the mind or stigma of the body. It is now largely agreed that delinquent