Portland State University. Department of Geography
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography
Sex-oriented businesses -- Oregon -- Portland, Striptease -- Oregon -- Portland -- Social aspects, Striptease -- Oregon -- Portland -- Legal status laws etc.
Identities of place develop through a multitude of perceptions. Place myths guide much of this perception. Portland, Oregon’s identity has evolved in particular around a much quoted but unchallenged statistic regarding the volume of nude dancing venues. This paper focuses on the literature specific to both nude dance venues and place identity; Portland’s legal history that contributed to this phenomenon; and some of the cultural and spatial variables pertinent to this issue. Two initiatives, aimed at restructuring the state constitution specifically to deal with nude dance venues and other adult entertainment, are analyzed.
Coffey, Wayne, "Myths and Measures: The Cultural Performance of Portland’s Strip Club Identity" (2012). Geography Masters Research Papers. 14.