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Away from prying eyes? The urban geographies of 'adult entertainment'

Hubbard, Philip, Matthews, Roger A., Scoular, Jane, Agustín, Laura (2008) Away from prying eyes? The urban geographies of 'adult entertainment'. Progress in Human Geography, 32 (3). pp. 363-381. ISSN 0309-1325. (doi:10.1177/0309132508089095) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Most towns and cities in the UK and USA possess a number of venues offering sexually orientated entertainment in the form of exotic dance, striptease or lap dancing. Traditionally subject to moral and legal censure, the majority of these sex-related businesses have tended to be situated in marginal urban spaces. As such, their increasing visibility in more mainstream spaces of urban nightlife raises important questions about the sexual and gender geographies that characterize the contemporary city. In this paper we accordingly locate the phenomena of adult entertainment at the convergence of geographic debates concerning the evening economy, urban gentrification and the gendered consumption of urban space. We conclude that these sites are worthy of investigation not only in and of themselves, but also because their shifting location reveals much about the forms of heterosexuality and homosociality normalized in the contemporary city.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0309132508089095
Uncontrolled keywords: Consumption, Exceptionalism, Gender, Sex work, Sexuality, gender, gentrification, prostitution, sexuality, urban geography, Eurasia, Europe, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe, Consumption, Prostitution, Public Sphere, Sex, Strippers, Urban Areas
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2013 09:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36876 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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