Sex, Love, and Health in America: Private Choices and Public Policies / Edition 2

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In 1994, the University of Chicago Press published the landmark study The Social Organization of Sexuality, "the most important survey since the Kinsey report," according to Time magazine. Based on data collected from the National Health and Social Life Survey, this heralded book answered hundreds of questions about the state of sex in America: how widespread is extramarital sex? how do women's sexual lives differ from men's? how do social factors such as education, race, and religion affect sexual conduct? While amazingly comprehensive, this earlier volume was devoted primarily to establishing baseline statistics and information. Two authors of that study, Edward O. Laumann and Robert T. Michael, now bring together the result of deeper research into and analysis of the information presented in the 1994 volume. The result, Sex, Love, and Health in America, is a companion to The Social Organization of Sexuality and furthers our understanding of Americans' sexual practices.

Sixteen researchers have contributed essays to this collection that explore controversial topics, including teenage sexuality, sexual contact between children and adults, abortion, the role of cohabitation in the sexual satisfaction of couples, and how sexual behavior has changed in response to AIDS, as well as a widely heralded examination of circumcision, reported in the New York Times, which discusses the effects of the procedure on disease transmission and the preference for certain sexual practices. In its analysis, policy recommendations, and revelations about private practices, Sex, Love, and Health in America will, like the earlier volume, have a major role in shaping the discussion about American sexual behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume is the third, following The Social Organization of Sexuality and Sex in America, to be based on the National Health and Social Life Survey conducted in 1988. Thirteen essays by various combinations of 16 researchers explore such topics as circumcision, teenage sexuality, homosexuality, sexual relations between adults and children, abortion, and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Aware of the problems inherent in obtaining accurate data on the complex and sensitive subject of private sexual behavior, the editors nevertheless assert that their methodology allows them to generalize from their detailed results. The collection's social scientific perspective provides important, if dry, information on these fascinatingly provocative topics and goes on to discuss the survey's implications for public policy. Recommended for comprehensive collections of human sexuality. (Index not seen.)--Jim Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226469676
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 535
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward O. Laumann is the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Scene
Edward O. Laumann and Robert T. Michael
Part 1: Sex during Adolescence
1. Teenage Sex and the Sexual Revolution
Kara Joyner and Edward O. Laumann
2. Choices Leading to Teenage Births
Robert T. Michael and Kara Joyner
Summary: Part 1, Sex during Adolescence
Part 2: Sex during Adulthood
3. Sexual Expression in America
Edward O. Laumann and Yoosik Youm
4. Sexual Contact between Children and Adults: A Life-Course Perspective
Christopher R. Browning and Edward O. Laumann
5. Race, Gender, and Class in Sexual Scripts
Jenna Mahay, Edward O. Laumann, and Stuart Michaels
6. Emotional and Physical Satisfaction with Sex in Married, Cohabiting, and Dating Sexual Unions: Do Men and Women Differ?
Linda J. Waite and Kara Joyner
Summary: Part 2, Sex during Adulthood
Part 3: Sex and Health
7. Circumcision in the United States: Prevalence, Prophylactic Effects, and Sexual Practice
Edward O. Laumann, Christopher M. Masi, and Ezra W. Zuckerman
8. Reported Changes in Sexual Behavior in Response to AIDS in the United States
Joel A. Feinleib and Robert T. Michael
9. Racial/Ethnic Group Differences in the Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States: A Network Explanation
Edward O. Laumann and Yoosik Youm
10. Sexual Dysfunction in the United States: Prevalence and Predictors
Edward O. Laumann, Anthony Paik, and Raymond C. Rosen
11. Abortion Decisions in the United States
Robert T. Michael
12. Private Sexual Behavior, Public Opinion, and Public Health Policy Related to Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A U.S.-British Comparison
Robert T. Michael, Jane Wadsworth, Joel A. Feinleib, Anne M. Johnson, Edward O. Laumann, and Kaye Wellings
Summary: Part 3, Sex and Health
13. Private Sex and Public Policy
Robert T. Michael
List of Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index
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