Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago (Paperback)Jason Orne (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Boystown paves a brave path forward. . . .Orne's narrative nonfiction style makes for a pleasurable read, and the keen insights in the book are essential for sexualities scholars and urban ethnographers."--Men and Masculinities
"Innovative, smart, and neon-hued, Boystown is chockablock with characters and a compelling, wry narrative. This is a one-of-a-kind ethnography that promises to be a well-received book. Using Gayle Rubin's charmed circle, a Bourdieusian toolkit of concepts, and the familiar sociological trinity of race/class/gender, Orne manages to walk the line by keeping this foray into urban sexuality rigorous with a light touch."--Jonathan R. Wynn "author of Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and "
"In Boystown Orne takes us beyond the gayborhood on a rollicking, dark, sexy ethnography to explore the 'queer lessons of the night.' This book is so much more than an ethnographic study of Chicago's Boystown, it is a rallying cry against the dangers of centrist LGBT politics, of assimilation, and, most importantly, the threat of queernormativity as ideology and practice. Orne issues a call to sexuality scholars to bring sex out of the private, to focus on the liberatory potentialities of pleasure, to examine what he calls 'sexy communities' that vividly illustrate the ways in which pleasure, messiness, and embodiment can be at the center of social change and challenges to inequality. Boystown is a gripping and urgent read for sexuality scholars from all disciplines."--C.J. Pascoe "author of Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School "
"[Orne's] ethnography offers us a moving account of the lived experience for gays who are undergoing a dramatic shift that is liberating, alienating, and contradictory as they try to understand themselves. . .[Boystown] not only helps illustrate the lives of gay men, but it also speaks to gentrification and the commodification of culture, and to how these social forces impact the lives of individuals. The book should be a must read for any scholar of LGBT+ issues, but also would make a great addition to a course on sexuality, gender, urban sociology, or qualitative methods"--Symbolic Interaction
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