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Race and the Construction of Same-Sex Sex Markets in Four Chicago Neighborhoods

Stephen Ellingson and Kirby Schroeder

in The Sexual Organization of the City

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780226470313
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470337.003.0004
Race and the Construction of Same-Sex Sex Markets in Four Chicago Neighborhoods

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This chapter examines how race, ethnicity, and geography converge in the construction of sexual identities and same-sex sex markets. It identifies two general types of market: transactional and relational. In the transactional market, the goal of market activity is efficiently finding partners for short-term sexual encounters, and these encounters, or transactions, are facilitated by a number of search mechanisms, such as the physical appearance of potential partners and the social spaces designated for meeting others. In the relational market, the goal of market activity is establishing more enduring sexual relationships, and the participants rely on their networks of friends and acquaintances to help them find partners. In practice, both types of market operate for men and women seeking same-sex sex partners, although it is expected that the male same-sex market is primarily transactional and the female same-sex market primarily relational.

Keywords: race; ethnicity; geography; sexual identities; sex markets; transactional market; search mechanisms; relational market; same-sex market

Chapter.  12983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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