This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the “public face” of sociology. Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the books three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.

Mapping Sexual Commerce and Politics
Mapping Sexual Commerce and Politics

How does sexuality operate in the public sphere? Beyond individual experience, sexuality studies serve as a prism through which to view the complex interplay of religion, politics, education, and economics. Battles continue to be waged over sexuality as something that can be bought, sold, traded, regulated, policed, and protected. The politcs of sexual commerce and regulation are deeply intertwined with contemporary global dynamics that include rural/urban shifts, changing labor markets, and immigration patterns.

Travis Kong explores the lives of China’s “Money Boys,” young, often rural, sex workers who transact with men in urban areas. These boys trade sexuality for money and the opportunity to live an urban lifestyle with what they hope is the promise of greated ...

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