Beyond The Closet / Edition 1

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Gay life has become increasingly open in the last decade. In Beyond the Closet , Steven Seidman, a well-known author and leading scholar in sexuality, is the first to chronicle this lifestyle change and to look at the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians to see how their "out" status has changed. This compelling, well-written, and smart account is an important step forward for the gay and lesbian community.

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Editorial Reviews

Martin Duberman
Steven Seidman's Beyond the Closet offers us a much-needed way out for achieving equality for gay people. His analysis is radical in spirit, yet conciliatory in style. This important book deserves a wide audience.
Jeffrey Weeks
The moment of the closet may now have passed, but as Seidman shows, it continues to shadow many lives. However, the life chances of lesbians and gays have changed dramatically in recent years because of profound cultural changes in gay life and in wider patterns of intimacy. Seidman powerfully captures these changes, by allowing the voices of gays themselves to lead the presentation. The book vibrates with eloquence, pain and passion. It combines rich interview material with a subtle but clear theoretical underpinning. This is a book both readable and illuminating.
Steven Epstein
Ambitious and important.Seidman makes a crucial contribution to understanding sexual citizenship in the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932073
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/8/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany, and an expert on sexuality and social theory. His many books include Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America, Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830-1980, and The Handbook of Gay and Lesbian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 In the Closet 25
Ch. 2 Gay and Lesbian Life after the Closet 61
Ch. 3 Straight Encounters 95
Ch. 4 From the Polluted Homosexual to the Normal Gay 123
Ch. 5 From Outsider to Citizen 163
Epilogue 197
Appendix 205
Notes 211
Index 239
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