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"Galliher, Brekhus, and Keys fill in some significant gaps in our knowledge about sociology in the latter part of the twentieth century. Their work is highly relevant to present-day sociology."—Gideon Sjoberg, University of Texas at Austin

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John F. Galliher is professor of sociology and direct of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Wayne H. Brekhus is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri–Columbia. David P. Keys is assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York–Plattsburgh. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029920314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299203146
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2007
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For anyone that has read Tearoom Trade, this biography helps to answer a lot of questions about Laud Humphreys life and work. Extremely well written, deeply insightful and thoroughly researched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blueberriesandcherries on March 20, 2010
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This is a very compelling book. Laud Humphreys was a remarkable sociologist, and Tearoom Trade, a remarkable study. This book is a simple straightforward biographical text, that does a lot to clarify the various rumors that surrounded Laud Humphreys's career. It is not really a critical theory text, as it is biography. However, it contains a very smart analysis of academia and marginality. And it goes a long way to discuss the way Humphreys was marginalized, why it happened, the context, and how it effected him, and at what cost to both to his career and life, but also and in this case more relevantly what was lost by relegating Tearoom Trade to the textbook example of ethical problems in research, when it was in fact a profoundly significant study of a group of a social network/ informal organization that had not been addressed, and certainly not been addressed with such an evident lack of homophobia, and so many careful distinctions, and explanations. Humphreys not only records many of the now tropes of gay culture from the closet to the queen, but perhaps more radically studies and theorizes on men who do not identify as gay, men who use tearooms out of socio economic need for sex. He presents a socio economic critique of sexuality and to some extent gay culture far in advance of anyone else.... (just a note a theory of homophobia in the US has to do with a perception/myth of the sexual freedom and financial success of gay men.... there is very little written which examines money and power and its history in gay male culture/ Humphreys touches on this) Also Tearoom Trade could easily have offered some clues to the spread of HIV had it not been so marginalized, and instead excepted as a valuable piece of research.Read more ›
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Molomby on August 5, 2009
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The "Tea Room Trade" was my introduction to Sociology in 1985. However, there was a lot of criticism about his methodology. Critics regarded it as voyeuristic. He was able to obtain the registration numbers of the participants
and in disguise went to their homes and asked them questions.
The interesting point is that most of the participants were married heterosexuals having oral sex on the sly in public toilets.

He was rather unstable going from episcopal priest to gay. He was charged for
being in violent demonstrations during the Vietnam War.
Alvin Gouldner hit him on one occasion.

The times have changed.
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