Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/15/2010
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book provides an international, multi-disciplinary empirical account of pole classes and how they fit into wider discourses about bodies and gender, and age and fitness. In particular, the book explores how women initiate agency and espouse liberation and empowerment through something as seemingly problematic as pole classes.

Author Biography

SAMANTHA HOLLAND is Research Fellow, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Towards a Feminist Ethnographyp. 8
From Circus and Sex...p. 25
...to Fitness and Leisurep. 43
What is a Pole Class?p. 60
What Not to Wearp. 78
Diverstiy and Empowerment?p. 92
'A Thing of Beauty'p. 110
The Pole Community: Opening Closed Mindsp. 130
Case Study 1: 'Empowering Women with Confidence'p. 143
Case Study 2: Power Moves and Everyday Bodiesp. 160
Conclusion: A Positive Active Identity?p. 177
Appendicesp. 188
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 205
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