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Sex in America Paperback – September 1, 1995
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About the Author
Edward O. Laumann is George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, and Provost, University of Chicago.
Gina Kolata is a science reporter for "The New York Times" and the author of "Clone: The Road to Dolly "and" Sex in America." She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
John Gagnon is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous works, including "Human Sexualities," "Life Designs," and "The Social Organization of Sexuality," the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.
Top Customer Reviews
This finding: That Americans are not as erotic as the media and popular myth believes us to be, may be the most significant thing about Sex in America. We have been trained to think many things about ourselves and others: That AIDS can affect anyone, that sex drops off with marriage, that young people have the most partners and the shortest relationships. Through thorough, statistically-sound research, the social scientists behind Sex in America show that just about every preconception we have about human sexuality has turned out to be wrong.
Now we know.
And that's really the heart of this study, trying to get to the truth.
Or at least a better version of the truth than what we've had in the past.
I highly recommend this if only to see just how difficult it is to conduct a "good" statistically valid survey of this type. The resulting data are somewhat incidental, and not likely to be grossly affected by the minor irregularities in the methodology. And for those with actual statistical methodological training, the authors provide their data for review.
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This is a great book. I am a masters student and my focus is sexual health and this is a great read.Published on January 22, 2013 by Gradkid
This study was attacked from the beginning by the Neither Religious Nor Right. If it wasn't the questions, the methodology,and the funding, it was a political maelstrom that almost... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by David Champion
When this book was first published, it was largely panned for its research methodology. The responses and conclusions are suspect because the interviewers were deemed too... Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by SevenDelta