Mother Camp Female Impersonators in America

ISBN-10: 0226577600

ISBN-13: 9780226577609

Edition: 1979

Authors: Esther Newton

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For two years Ester Newton did field research in the world of drag queens—homosexual men who make a living impersonating women. Newton spent time in the noisy bars, the chaotic dressing rooms, and the cheap apartments and hotels that make up the lives of drag queens, interviewing informants whose trust she had earned and compiling a lively, first-hand ethnographic account of the culture of female impersonators. Mother Camp explores the distinctions that drag queens make among themselves as performers, the various kinds of night clubs and acts they depend on for a living, and the social organization of their work. A major part of the book deals with the symbolic geography of male and female styles, as enacted in the homosexual concept of "drag" (sex role transformation) and "camp," an important humor system cultivated by the drag queens themselves. "Newton's fascinating book shows how study of the extraordinary can brilliantly illuminate the ordinary—that social-sexual division of personality, appearance, and activity we usually take for granted."—Jonathan Katz, author of Gay American History "A trenchant statement of the social force and arbitrary nature of gender roles."—Martin S. Weinberg, Contemporary Sociology
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 158
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Preface to the Phoenix Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
On the Job
The ""Queens""
Types of Acts
Two Shows
Role Models
""The Fast Fuck and the Quick Buck""
Appendix Field Methods
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