The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2000 - Psychology - 750 pages
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The Social Organization of Sexuality reports the complete results of the nation's most comprehensive representative survey of sexual practices in the general adult population of the United States. This highly detailed portrait of sex in America and its social context and implications has established a new and original scientific orientation to the study of sexual behavior.

"The most comprehensive U.S. sex survey ever." —USA Today

"The findings from this survey, the first in decades to provide detailed insights about the sexual behavior of a representative sample of Americans, will have a profound impact on how policy makers tackle a number of pressing health problems." —Alison Bass, The Boston Globe

"A fat, sophisticated, and sperm-freezingly serious volume. . . . This book is not in the business of giving us a good time. It is in the business of asking three thousand four hundred and thirty-two other people whether they had a good time, and exactly what they did to make it so good." —Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

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Based on the National Health and Social Life Survey, a 1992 nationwide survey of 3432 American men and women between the ages of 18 and 59, this is one of two books reporting on the findings. This ... Read full review

Contents

Parti I
3
The Study Design
35
Part II
75
8A Frequency of heterosexual activity and techniques
130
The Social Organization of Subjective
148
The Number of Partners
172
16A Multivariate analysis of partners in past twelve months
217
Sexual Networks
225
2A Happiness by master status
355
Sexually Transmitted Infections
376
Sex and Fertility
442
Sex Cohabitation and Marriage
475
Normative Orientations toward Sexuality
509
Epilogue
541
Sampling Procedures
549
Comparisons of the NHSLS
571

Epidemiological Implications of Sexual Networks
269
Homosexuality
283
3A Prevalence of samegender and oppositegender partners
311
Formative Sexual Experiences
321
Sex Health and Happiness
351
Text of the NHSLS Questionnaire
606
References
679
Author Index
707
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Edward O. Laumann is the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

John H. Gagnon is the Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Robert T. Michael is the Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor and dean of the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Stuart Michaels was the project manager of the NHSLS suvey and is currently adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Paris XI, France.

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