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Whorephobia in Higher Education: a reflexive account of researching cis women’s experiences of stripping while at university

Whorephobia in Higher Education: a reflexive account of researching cis women’s experiences of stripping while at university

Simpson, Jessica ORCID: 0000-0001-5144-358X (2021) Whorephobia in Higher Education: a reflexive account of researching cis women’s experiences of stripping while at university. Higher Education. ISSN 0018-1560 (Print), 1573-174X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00751-2)

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Abstract

This is a reflexive account of carrying out ‘dirty research’ on cis women’s experiences of working as erotic dancers while at university in the UK. Focusing on the recruitment process, I discuss how universities avoided becoming ‘subjects’ of research by blocking the study and labelling it ‘extremely sensitive’ or ‘inappropriate’. By scrutinising the fieldwork, this revealed the prevalence of whorephobia within Higher Education and the general, rather than idiosyncratic, prioritisation of institutional reputation management at the expense of silencing marginalised voices and experiences. This article adds to scholarship problematising the taken-for-granted, subjective power wielded by research ethics committees which has the potential to curtail academic freedom and the advancement of knowledge and debate within specific fields. By restricting access to potential participants and through delay tactics, this hindered my ability to carry out the initial research design, shaping the type of data gathered and the knowledge I was able to contribute to this already under-researched area of study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: research ethics. research ethics committees. university students. sex work
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 13:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34217

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