The Theory of Sex Markets
Type of Work
The Sexual Organization of the City
Edward O. Laumann, Stephen Ellingson, Jenna Mahay, Anthony Paik, Yoosik Youm
University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL, USA
Introduces a collection of essays devoted to explaining why the choice of sex partner and the outcome of the resultant relationship are consistently patterned in and organized by particular communities, social networks, organizations, and meaning systems. Drawing on data from the 1995-1997 Chicago Health and Social Life Survey, at issue is how the process of sexual partnering is organized in local settings in Chicago and its consequences for consequent sexual relationships, and explaining recurrent patterns of partner selection and relationship formation in urban subpopulations and the unintended consequences for different patterns of sexuality. The metaphor of the sexual market underpins many of the contributions, and here the model is explicated in terms of sex markets' internal and external organization. How relationships are maintained and their internal dynamics influenced by sex markets is touched on. Limits to the model are delineated before outlining the collection's chapters.
Ellingson, Stephen, "The Theory of Sex Markets" (2004). Hamilton Digital Commons.
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