Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations.


Ehrentraut, A.




This study examined twenty-four women employed in the occupation of stripping in two London, Ontario, strip clubs. Twenty-two of these women were of table dancer status, while the remaining two were of feature dancer status. The primary goal of this research was to describe the work world of dancers within the occupation of stripping. While research on the subject of stripping and strippers has most commonly been viewed from a deviance viewpoint, this research looked at strippers and stripping as a legitimate and chosen means of work for women. To this end, occupational theory was applied to the work world of stripping. Field research is appropriate when one wants to learn about, understand, or describe a group of interacting people, therefore this qualitative investigation involved detached observation and interviews structured by an in depth semi-structured questionnaire containing open and closed ended questions. The findings suggest that irrespective of their educational attainment, socioeconomic background or race, the most fundamental issues for these women throughout their experience as strippers centered on money, appearance, and status.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .O78. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0144. Adviser: Adolf Ehrentraut. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.