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Lap dancing - Climate change

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 July 2010

Leering punters, seedy dives, cruel and crude objectification of women's bodies... the classic image of a strip joint does not leave much space for the notion that occasionally the women might enjoy the performances they give. However, a new ethnography of a lap dancing club in the North of England presents a slightly more complicated picture of life as a sexual entertainer. The sociologist Rachela Colosi worked as a dancer in the clubs she studied and her study offers a rare insiders account of the relationships between the dancers, with the management and the highs and lows, rewards and occasional despair of life as a stripper.
Also, Laurie Taylor will be talking to Marek Kohn about his predictions for the shape of British society in 2100 after global warming has brought its influence to bear.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Rachela Colosi

    Rachela Colosi, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Lincoln
    School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS
    Tel: 01522 882000

    Dirty Dancing? An Ethnography of Lap-Dancing
    Publisher: Willan
    ISBN-10: 1843928175
    ISBN-13: 978-1843928171

    School of Social Sciences, University of Lincoln
  • Marek Kohn

    Marek Kohn, author and journalist

    Turned out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    ISBN-10: 0571238157
    ISBN-13: 978-0571238156

    UK Climate Impacts Programme
    Oxford University Centre for the Environment
    Dyson Perrins Building
    South Parks Road
    Oxford OX1 3QY

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 285717
    Fax: +44 (0)1865 285710
    Email: enquiries@ukcip.org.uk
    Website: http://www.ukcip.org.uk/

    Find out more about Marek Kohn



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