Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Dr. Kathy J. Kuipers
Dr. Jackson Bunch, Dr. Elizabeth Hubble
Exotic Dancers, Identity Theory, Overcompensation, Social Identity Theory, Womanhood, Motherhood
University of Montana
Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology and Interaction
In this paper I examine the work of exotic dancers in the Rocky Mountain West, focusing on their identities, identity conflict, identity threat, and overcompensation. In over twelve hours of recorded interviews, I asked ten exotic dancers working in Montana about their work, families, and communities as well as their perceptions of themselves and their work. I found that this marginalized group that resides in places that have rural characteristics, often face identity threat because their identities are known within their communities. The identity threat arises as a result of expectations and stereotypes of dancers, and in order to deal with this threat, the informants relied on overcompensation. The informants overcompensated in a myriad of ways that included costuming, exhibiting anger, creating a tough outer exterior, and drug and alcohol use.
Sweeney-Summers, Phoenicia S., "Mismatched Identities: Experiencing White Womanhood and White Motherhood as an Exotic Dancer" (2018). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11228.
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