Everyday Survival Strategies

Susan Dewey

in Neon Wasteland

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520266902
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948310 | DOI:
Everyday Survival Strategies

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This chapter offers a critical analysis of dancers' decision-making processes, some of which have had extremely negative effects on their lives. It discusses how Vixens' dancers negotiated the straight world and explores dancers' aversion to accepting welfare and other social benefits they could be eligible for if they left the sex industry. Vixens' dancers call the low-wage labor market available to them outside the sex industry “the straight world” an environment they characterize as exploitative, exclusionary, and without hope for social mobility or financial stability. Dancers believe that in some ways they exist outside the straight world's social order, as is evident in the institutional failures that so often locate them outside the boundaries of full citizenship, yet they also maintain the belief that its normative frameworks offer them hope for social mobility.

Keywords: Vixens' dancers; the straight world; social mobility; sex industry; institutional failures

Chapter.  12918 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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