Nine scholarly essays assess the state of gay culture today. (Jan.)
Herdt, a noted researcher in the field of homosexuality, has produced the first scholarly anthology on gay American males since Martin Levin's Gay Men ( LJ 4/1/79). In eight well-drawn essays written by prominent researchers in the field, Gay Culture in America probes into life in gay society, delving well beyond the stereotypes. Herdt and Andrew Boxer's introduction, which discusses the culture, history, and life course of gay men, provides an invaluable insight into the development of contemporary gay society and consciousness. The essays that follow treat such topics as black men, suburbanites, diversity within the gay community, demise of the ``male clone'' image, Mexican American males, and ``coming out'' as a rite of passage. Extensive bibliographies with select annotations are included with each essay. Highly recommended for gay studies collections and academic libraries.-- Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.