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Neon Wasteland: On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town Paperback – February 7, 2011

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Editorial Reviews

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“Dewey contributes to a growing wave of qualitative research on the sex industry.”
(Choice 2011-09-02)

“Fresh. . . . As keen as it is thorough. . . . Neon Wasteland is a provocative, highly readable analysis.”
(Kate W. Read & Yasmina Katsulis, Arizona State University Tempe Social & Cultural Geography 2013-04-17)

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"Through heartfelt ethnographic storytelling, Dewey provides a nuanced treatment of exotic dancers. This is a wonderful book."—Patty Kelly, author of Lydia's Open Door: Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel

"Neon Wasteland is a riveting and compelling book. Dewey's reflections and analyses are richly descriptive and insightful. She poignantly relates the stories of these women but also never lets the reader forget the stark social inequalities that are part of these women's daily lives."—Jennifer K. Wesely, PhD, co-author of Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520266919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520266919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a sympathetic view of a working class strip club's employees. The location is a medium sized rust belt town in northern New York state.
The author is an academic doing research on the topic of strip club dancers as a means of supporting themselves and their children in an area where well paid jobs are scarce. The women working in the club do not have education or social advantages, which is the reason (primarily) that they do this work. Although the author clearly sympathizes with the situation, the writing is very academic with lots of references to other works by academic professionals. I did not feel that it was a "fun" read, as many of the personal memoirs on the subject can be. This is your go to book if you are currently in college studying anthropology or sociology.
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