Wednesday, 2 March 2011


ISBN-13: 978-0-816-07524-4
Writers: Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata
Title: Sex in America
Subtitle: A Definitive Survey
Edition: First Edition
Language: English
Place of Publication: Boston, New York, Toronto, London
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Year of Publication: 1994
Format: 160x241mm
Pages: viii+300; index, 291
Illustrations: 4 black and white pictures by Jim Wright, Roger Lemoine, Keith Swinden and Keith Trumbo; 20 tables and 21 figures
Binding: Boards in duotone dust jacket designed by Steve Snider
Weight: 545gr.
Price: USD 22.95 & 29.95 (Canada)
Entry No.: 2011004
Entry Date: 2nd March 2011


For the first time ever, Sex in America reveals the myth-shattering results of the only comprehensive and methodologically sound survey of America’s sexual practices and beliefs.

In 1992, highly regarded social scientists Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, and Edward O. Laumann embarked on an unprecedented study of America’s sex life. Working through the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, their staff of 220 interviewers spent seven months interviewing 3,432 scientifically selected respondents about all aspects of their sex lives, histories, and beliefs. More important, unlike the famous but inherently flawed reports of Alfred Kinsey, Redbook and Playboy magazines, Shere Hite, Samuel and Cynthia Janus, and others, this survey relied on a random sample of Americans rather than on an unrepresentative group of volunteers. The resulting data reveal not just what we do sexually but how society shapes even our most private sexual experiences. They show not just why we are the way we are, but what it might take to change this behavior.

Surd to arouse considerable controversy, the survey directly contradicts many of the conclusions of previous reports and defies widely held conventional wisdom about America’s sexual practices and beliefs, with startling revelations about:
- How often people have sex, how many partners they have, and where they meet them
- The likehood that the AIDS epidemic will spread into the heterosexual population
- What people like to do in bed
- How many Americans are homosexual
- The incidence of forced sex
- Why some people are more satisfied with their sex lives than others
After years of misleading statistics and unsubstantiated claims, Sex in America presents a comprehensive, reliable book at America’s collective sex life, the definitive word on American sexuality today.

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