• Centers on the largest survey of swingers ever undertaken, comparing married swingers to a national scientific sample of married nonswingers on 40 questions about their lives
• Offers an alternative psychological theory of human development that does not define the desire for nonmonogamous relationships as pathological or immature
• Reveals some surprising facts about swingers, such as people who swing tend to be white, middle class, Republican, and career professionals
• Shows how U.S. Supreme Court decisions going back 150 years have a hidden bias favoring monogamy
• Includes data from a national survey, conducted by the authors, of 1100 swingers in the United States
• Offers first-person accounts from people in the swinging lifestyle
• Provides extensive bibliographies after each chapter documenting sources of information discussed in the text
• Lists a comprehensive index of terms and topics
"Specialists in swinging, Bergstrand (sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology; Bellarmine U., Kentucky) and special education teacher Sinski explore the phenomenon of established couples having consensual sex with each other's partners, and ponder its implications for society and monogamy. Their topics include who are swingers (no phone numbers!), entering the lifestyle, effects on marriage, monogamy and the moral architecture of the law, psychological science and the therapeutic narrative, and the heretical narratives regarding sexuality and monocentrism."
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"Swinging in America is an excellent read for those interested in alternative relationships and the social institutions that work against their success. … I wanted to read the first half for the same reason I shamefully buy People magazine before a plane flight. But it was the second half of the book that really made me think, and which I strongly recommend to marriage and couple therapists."
"This highly readable book represents a huge step forward not only in the analysis of swinging but in questioning our strictly monogamous view of the family. The authors present a thorough review of the extant theory and research on the topic of swinging, a topic that has not been widely investigated in recent years. Incorporating their 2000 study, they not only looked at the responses of almost 1,100 swingers, but added a much needed dimension - a control group in order to compare swingers with non-swingers. The authors then discuss the institutional arrangements which have supported the moncentric view and conclude with applying three of Loevinger's nine stages of growth to the swinging movement. Using a non-judgmental approach they argue that the basic institution of the family in our society needs to be reassessed and that swinging (along with other forms like polyamory) should be included in a discussion of how the family should look in the future. I would highly recommend this book not only for the general reader but for courses in sexuality, the family, and social problems." (Richard Jenks, Ph.D., Professor of sociology at Indiana University Southeast and nationally recognized expert on the swinging lifestyle)