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Romance in the Ivory Tower: The Rights and Liberty of Conscience (MIT Press) Hardcover – October 12, 2007

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This is a brilliant, creative, and convincing argument about the basis for sexual rights in America. Abramson's book arrives at a time when individual rights are under attack from many different directions. Given that it offers a spirited defense of those rights, the book is a seminal contribution.

(Ralph Bolton, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College)

Romance in the Ivory Tower presents a compelling argument about the erosion of the rights of privacy and conscience. The debate in this book transcends the issue of personal relationships within academia and engages fundamental questions of liberty and personal choice.

(Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union, and Professor of Law, New York Law School)

Make no mistake, Paul Abramson's book is a serious and thought-provoking examination of the extent to which institutions should proscribe individual actions. Although I do not endorse all of the conclusions, I strongly recommend this book.

(Lord Robert M. May, Professor Lord May, Oxford University)

About the Author

Paul R. Abramson is Professor of Psychology at UCLA. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including Sarah: A Sexual Biography, With Pleasure: Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality (with Steve Pinkerton), and Sexual Rights in America: The Ninth Amendment and the Pursuit of Happiness (with Steve Pinkerton and Mark Huppin).


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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262012375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262012379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. P. Birkett on November 8, 2007
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It's a strange quirky little book, mainly useful I think to anyone involved in defending a case of academic sexual impropriety. I opened it thinking "how can anyone possibly justify such a practice? (professors having romantic relationships with students) but after a few pages I thought "maybe he has a point." Then I began wondering how anyone could write a whole book on such a topic but as I read on and found him digressing brilliantly about the rules of soccer, Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists, eighteenth century Philadelphia, the Mormons, and Freud's theories I was charmed and kept turning the pages.
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