The Sex Market and Its Implications for Family Formation

Youm Yoosik and Paik Anthony

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:
The Sex Market and Its Implications for Family Formation

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This chapter investigates the variety and social consequences of sexual-matching strategies employed by men and women in their interactions with sex markets. This issue—how men and women participate in sex markets—has theoretical and empirical import. One feature of sex markets is their tendency to be either transactional or relational. The chapter takes the perspective of the individual and focuses on individual decision making. Like sex markets, individuals can have either transactional or relational strategies. However, the chapter argues that individuals frequently deploy a hybrid strategy of maintaining concurrent sexual relations, a topic that has received scant attention in sociological research. Moreover, the distribution of these different sex-market strategies among everyday Americans has important implications for several outcomes, including out-of-wedlock fertility, sexually transmitted infections, and, marriage.

Keywords: sexual-matching strategies; sex markets; transactional market; relational market; decision making; sexual relations; marriage; fertility; sexually transmitted infections

Chapter.  9941 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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