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* Recipient of the C. Wright Mills Award
“I found the book interesting and descriptively informative. I learned how the tearoom operates, and this is valuable for sociological understanding of urban America and potentially for sex-role analysis.”
—Ira L. Reiss, American Sociological Review
“For the anthropologist, and for other social scientists, Tearoom Trade is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it deals with a heretofore underdescribed aspect of American society. Second, it contains a candid discussion of the methodological problems of studying deviance.”
—E. B. Eiselein, American Anthropologist
“Few sociological books in recent years have received the attacks and accolades that Tearoom Trade has. In addition to being viewed extensively in both the professional and public media, it has received the 1969 C. Wright Mills award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.”
—Lawrence Rosen, Journal of Marriage and the Family
“From 1985 to 1988, the arrests of large numbers of men involved in impersonal sex in public toilets became a major Canadian news story… The present study examines this deviant activity using information generated by police surveillance of seven public washrooms in five Canadian communities.”
—Frederick J. Desroches, Qualitative Sociology
"Tearoom Trade was Laud's most significant book...what emerged in this ground-breaking research was a sociological portrait of conservative and tormented lives: married men, family men, conservative men, whose personal proclivities and preferences were powerful enough, institutionally grounded enough, to break through the conventions of social life."
—Glenn A. Goodwin, Irving Louis Horowitz, and Peter M. Nardi, Sociological Inquiry
Laud Humphreys received his divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and spent fourteen years in the ministry of the Episcopal Church. After returning to graduate school, he received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington University in 1968. Dr. Humphreys taught at SUNY Albany, Southern Illinois University, and until his death in 1988 was professor of sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Lee Rainwater is professor emeritus of sociology at Harvard University and research director emeritus of the Luxembourg Income Study. He was an editor at Transaction, the associate editor of theJournal of Marriage and the Family, and a member of the review board of Sociological Quarterly. He has written various books and many professional journal articles, including Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children In Comparative Perspective; Income Packaging in the Welfare State: A Comparative Study of Family Income; and Social Policy and Public Policy: Inequality and Justice.
This was a great read. A good story. Yay. Gr8. I just need this for my soc. class. Yes. Ok.Published 7 months ago by August
If you are looking for sensationalism, this book will disappoint. This was originally required reading in a sociology class when Barack Obama attended Occidental College. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Floyd Beatty
the deliver of the book was excellent got it on time to do my homework, wasnt quite a fan of the book.Published 22 months ago by ninja
I bought this book after completing some human research protections training at a major medical school. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Carrie Catanzaro
Humphreys pioneered ethnographic research into sex bahavior in the US. It is a good book. Humphreys is very concerned with the "breastplate of righteousess," the tendency of... Read morePublished on December 4, 2007 by Khatarnaak Khatun