Paul Cressey

The Taxi-Dance Hall as a social world

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The essay is the Italian translation of Chapter 3 of a classic ethnography of sex work, Paul Cressey's Taxi Dance Hall (The University of Chicago Press, 1932). The analysis touches upon the taxi-dancers' work as well as their life strategies; the ways in which they interact with clients, and the diverse categories of clients; the more or less concealed transgression, as well as the transformation of behavioral and interactional models drawn from mainstream society.


  • Transgression
  • Taxi dancers
  • Chicago School
  • ethnography of sex work


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