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Swinging in America: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the 21st Century Hardcover – November 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0313379666 ISBN-10: 0313379661

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313379661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313379666
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• 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."

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"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)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Haslam on February 4, 2011
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This book once again demonstrates the old adage that you can't tell a book by its cover. This new book by faculty of Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY is a little gem although badly mis-titled. The cover, a titillating image of three people in a bed, is designed to sell books but does not adequately reflect the scholarly nature of this important work. Bergstrand is an academic sociologist who has studied the swing community as well as marriage for the past 20 years.
This book is a delightful deconstruction of monogamy exposing all of its weaknesses. With great detail it covers conventional monogamous marriage and its components and how we are all taught to unthinkingly subscribe to emotional monogamy, sexual monogamy, and practical monogamy forever. Most importantly it explores two alternatives to monogamy -- swinging and Polyamory from an academic sociological viewpoint.
I am sure one day this book will be considered a major support document for the Polyamorous and swinging communities.
Part one of the book titled, Swinging in America: The New Monogamy? describes the swinging community and how well swinging works for some, by allowing for emotional monogamy while permitting sexual exploration and variety. It compares the demographic data from 1100 members of the swinging community with the results of the University of Chicago's General Social Survey. Not surprisingly swingers are just like everyone else. They are sitting next to you at church, or on jury duty. Many personal narratives of swingers describe how their lives had been enriched, and marital happiness improved, by opening up their marriages to sexual nonmonogamy. For seasoned swingers, the data seem to indicate both improved quality and strength of marriages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Benjamin on August 4, 2010
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Thanks to these authors for a fascinating and thorough book on the swinger culture in America. Not only do these authors delve into the thoughts, feelings and motivations of sexual partners in the US and the UK, but they also explain monogamy in a way that no one has ever thought of it--is it really natural for us to have one partner for our entire life; and is it realistic to believe that one person can fulfill all our needs. Written with an engaging and sort of academic approach, this book is beyond interesting, eye-opening and makes swinger culture palpable to those who are swingers and those who are in traditional closed marriages. A brilliant read and a book that I will always recommend.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2014
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A long read. Too much emphasis on statistics.
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