Tearoom trade: impersonal sex in public places

By: Humphreys, Laud
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York Routledge 1975Description: xviii, 238 p. Includes index and bibliographic referencesISBN: 9780202302836Subject(s): Homosexuality - Male - United States | Public toilets - United States | Gay men - Relations with heterosexualsDDC classification: 301.415 Summary: From the time of its first publication, 'Tearoom Trade' engendered controversy. It was also accorded an unusual amount of praise for a first book on a marginal, intentionally self-effacing population by a previously unknown sociologist. The book was quickly recognized as an important, imaginative, and useful contribution to our understanding of "deviant" sexual activity. Describing impersonal, anonymous sexual encounters in public restrooms—"tearooms" in the argot—the book explored the behavior of men whose closet homosexuality was kept from their families and neighbors. By posing as an initiate, the author was able to engage in systematic observation of homosexual acts in public settings, and later to develop a more complete picture of those involved by interviewing them in their homes, again without revealing their unwitting participation in his study. This enlarged edition of 'Tearoom Trade' includes the original text, together with a retrospect, written by Nicholas von Hoffman, Irving Louis Horowitz, Lee Rainwater, Donald P. Warwick, and Myron Glazer. The material added includes a perspective on the social scientist at work and the ethical problems to which that work may give rise, along with debate by the book's initial critics and proponents. Humphreys added a postscript and his views on the opinion expressed in the retrospect. https://www.routledge.com/Tearoom-Trade-Impersonal-Sex-in-Public-Places/Humphreys/p/book/9780202302836
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Table of contents

Public settings for "private" encounters
Methods: the sociologist as voyeur
Rules and roles
Patterns of collective action
Risks of the game
The people next door
The breastplate of righteousness
Kicks, commitment, and social control
Postscript: a question of ethics
Retrospect: ethical issues in social research
Sociological snoopers and journalistic moralizers / Nicholas von Hoffman, Irving Louis Horowitz, Lee Rainwater
Tearoom trade: means and ends in social research / Donald P. Warwick
Impersonal sex / Myron Glazer
Retrospect: ethical issues in social research / Laud Humphreys

From the time of its first publication, 'Tearoom Trade' engendered controversy. It was also accorded an unusual amount of praise for a first book on a marginal, intentionally self-effacing population by a previously unknown sociologist. The book was quickly recognized as an important, imaginative, and useful contribution to our understanding of "deviant" sexual activity. Describing impersonal, anonymous sexual encounters in public restrooms—"tearooms" in the argot—the book explored the behavior of men whose closet homosexuality was kept from their families and neighbors. By posing as an initiate, the author was able to engage in systematic observation of homosexual acts in public settings, and later to develop a more complete picture of those involved by interviewing them in their homes, again without revealing their unwitting participation in his study. This enlarged edition of 'Tearoom Trade' includes the original text, together with a retrospect, written by Nicholas von Hoffman, Irving Louis Horowitz, Lee Rainwater, Donald P. Warwick, and Myron Glazer. The material added includes a perspective on the social scientist at work and the ethical problems to which that work may give rise, along with debate by the book's initial critics and proponents. Humphreys added a postscript and his views on the opinion expressed in the retrospect.

https://www.routledge.com/Tearoom-Trade-Impersonal-Sex-in-Public-Places/Humphreys/p/book/9780202302836

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