Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Sociology and Anthropology
This is a comparative-ethnographic study of 15 women providing sexual services in a massage parlor and a nude modeling studio. A qualitative research design is employed. This deviant subculture is examined from a symbolic interactionist perspective, with special attention given to how sexual encounters are defined and managed, stigma is neutralized, norms and ideologies are expressed, and social relations are organized. Both etiological factors and socialization processes involved in entering and remaining in the provision of sexual services are explored. Four major areas of exploration include: (1) early negative sexual experiences, (2) negative labeling, (3) absence of parental love, and (4) association with sexually deviant friends. There were no significant differences found between the two groups of women. Most described themselves as functioning in a dual-world situation, using a compartmentalization process that enables them to exist in the deviant and normal worlds simultaneously.
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Francine J. Green
Green, Francine J., "A comparative-ethnographic study of a massage parlor and nude modeling studio " (1989). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 9042.