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The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights by Arlene Stein Online



The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights

The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights

  • Title: The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights
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  • ISBN : 9780807079539
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 280 pages


By combining the meticulousness of an ethnographer with a writer s commitment to storytelling, Stein has written a book that s surprisingly compelling or, better, compelling because it s surprising David L Kirp, The NationWinner of the 2001 Ruth Benedict Award In a book that combines strong on the ground research and lucid analysis with a novelist s imaginative sympath By combining the meticulousness of an ethnographer with a writer s commitment to storytelling, Stein has written a book that s surprisingly compelling or, better, compelling because it s surprising David L Kirp, The NationWinner of the 2001 Ruth Benedict Award In a book that combines strong on the ground research and lucid analysis with a novelist s imaginative sympathy, Arlene Stein sets out to discover why a small town with no apparent queer population became the site of a bitter battle over gay rights A fascinating look at the psychology of fear and persuasion Monica Drake, The Oregonian Every liberal ought to read this Arlene Stein provides an important depiction of life in a town which became a vortex of national and local issues Tex Sample, Christian Century What s especially valuable about Stein s book is her detailed look at each individual s take on the meaning of the campaign and her patient exploration of the wide variety of forces shifting the ground of these people s lives E J Graff, American Prospect This book displays interpretive sociology at its best Robert N Bellah, coauthor of Habits of the Heart and The Good Society In her cogent analysis of just how sickeningly simple it is to create an other, a stranger upon whom blame for our problems may be shifted, Stein has touched to the very heart of the social upheaval in America today Dan Hays, Salem Oreg Statesman JournalArlene Stein is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University She has written for The Nation, The Oregonian, and Newsday, among other publications, and is the author of Sex and Sensibility Stories of a Lesbian Generation and editor of Sisters, Sexperts, Queers


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The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights Reviews (8)

  • Timbertown, Oregon, has a small gay population, and no activist gay community Yet in the early 90s, the issue of gay rights split the town in two when a ballot initiative asked the city council not to recognize gay individuals as possessing rights that needed protection Conservatives charged that ga [..]

  • An excellent, excellent analysis of how and why the campaign against special rights for homosexuals took off the way it did in one small Oregon town in the early 1990s Based on in depth interviews with people in the community, Stein uses the lenses of economics, sociology, and religious studies to d [..]

  • An interesting look at a major crossroads between the conservative right and liberal left sexuality and civic rights.I liked both the content and form of the book While it took a little while to read, Stein is informative and enlightening on the relationship between whiteness, masculinity, economics [..]

  • Examines the people of Timber Town Cottage Grove, Oregon as the battle over an Oregon Citizen s Alliance an anti gay, religious right wing group ballot measure targeting the GLBT community Stein manages to talk with people on both sides of the issue about religion, economics, and how culture effects [..]

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