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In addition to the new hardcover and ebook releases, the Penn Press fall 2014 list includes many first-time paperbacks, among them: The First Prejudice; Crusade and Christendom; Porta Palazzo; Death by Effigy; Public Education Under Siege; In the Crossfire; and The American Mortgage System.

Gay Voluntary Associations in New York
Public Sharing and Private Lives

Moshe Shokeid

256 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth Nov 2014 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4657-5 | $49.95s | £32.50 | Add to cart
Ebook Nov 2014 | ISBN 978-0-8122-9036-3 | $49.95s | £32.50 | About | Add to cart

Gay Voluntary Associations in New York is a sensitive and insightful ethnography of social groups that have gathered around common interests in an urban LGBT population from the time of the AIDS crisis to the present. Anthropologist Moshe Shokeid examines the social discourse surrounding sex, love, friendship, and spiritual life in which these communities are passionately engaged.

Drawn from long-term anthropological research in New York City, Gay Voluntary Associations in New York uses participant observation to explore such diverse social associations and religious organizations as seniors groups, interracials, bisexuals, sexual compulsives, gay bears, and Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish gay congregations. As an outside observer—neither gay nor American-born—Shokeid observes the social discourse within these voluntary associations from a critical vantage point. In addition to the personal information and intimate expressions of empathy freely shared in the company of strangers at social gatherings, some individual stories and experiences are woven into the narrative to illustrate the existential conditions and emotional template of gay life in the city. Shokeid's nuanced portrait of the affective relationships within these groups offers deeper comprehension of the social dynamics and emotional realities of gay urban communities in the United States.

Moshe Shokeid is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. He is author of several books, including A Gay Synagogue in New York, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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