Sexual Organization of the City

ISBN-10: 0226468976

ISBN-13: 9780226468976

Edition: 2005

Authors: Edward O. Laumann, Stephen Ellingson, Jenna Mahay, Anthony Paik, Yoosik Youm

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Drawing on extensive surveys and interviews with Chicago adults, Edward O. Laumann and his colleagues show that the city is, in the face of pop culture evidence to the contrary, a place where sexual choices and options are constrained. From Wicker Park and Boys Town to the South Side and Pilsen, the editors observe that sexual behavior and partnering are significantly limited by such factors as the neighborhood you live in, your ethnicity, your sexual preference, and the circle of friends to which you belong. In other words, the social and institutional networks that city dwellers occupy potentially limit their sexual options by making different types of sexual activities, relationships, or meeting places less accessible. ""The Sexual Organization of the City is billed as a sort of academic 'Sex in the City'--though one that examines a more diverse slice of metropolitan life. Over three years, sociologist Edward O. Laumann and his colleagues questioned 2,114 people in four Chicago neighborhoods on everything from how many partners they'd had in their lives and where they met them to whether they were cheating. . . . The result is yet another glimpse of American sexual paradoxes."--Christopher Shea," Boston Globe
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 435
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of Illustrations and Tables
The Theory of Sex Markets
The Chicago Health and Social Life Survey Design
The Structure of Urban Sexual Markets
Neighborhoods as Sex Markets
Race and the Construction of Same-Sex Sex Markets in Four Chicago Neighborhoods
Sexual and Social Consequences of Sexual Marketplaces
Meeting and Mating over the Life Course
The Sex Market and Its Implications for Family Formation
Commitment, Jealousy, and the Quality of Life
Violence and Sexuality: Examining Intimate-Partner Violence and Forced Sexual Activity
Social Networks and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Institutional Responses and Silences
Constructing Causal Stories and Moral Boundaries: Institutional Approaches to Sexual Problems
Religion and the Politics of Sexuality
The Cultural Economy of Urban Sexuality
Author Index
Subject Index
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