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Review of Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, Stuart Michaels The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States

Citation

Udry, J. Richard (1995). Review of Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, Stuart Michaels The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 101(1), 224-5.

Abstract

This book stakes its claim to fame as the only comprehensive study of adult sexual behavior in the United States that is based on a representative sample. Other studies have not been based on national samples, or have not been based on modern statistical sampling techniques, or have not included both sexes or all ages, and so on. (The study’s subjects were 18-59 years old.) The most famous previous studies are those by Kinsey et al. (Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, and Clyde E. Martin, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male [Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1948]; Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, and Paul H. Gebhard, Sexual Behavior in the Human Felame [Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1953]), which are based on interviews taken in the late 1930s and 1940s. The Kinsey studies drew volunteer samples and therefore could not accurately estimate the behavior of the American population at that time.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/230705

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Sociology

Author(s)

Udry, J. Richard

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

101

Issue Number

1

Pages

224-5

Reference ID

570