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The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle Over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rightsby Arlene Stein
Synopses & Reviews
A fascinating look at the psychology of fear and persuasion.
--Monica Drake, The Oregonian
With strong on-the-ground research and lucid analysis, Arlene Stein sets out to discover why the people of a town with no apparent queer population were hell-bent on getting rid of those individuals' special rights.
The Stranger Next Door's contemporary subject and theoretical breadth coupled with a remarkable lack of jargon should make it a sociological classic.... A wonderful companion to an introductory sociology course, as well as courses on theory, sexuality, deviance, inequality, and religion
.--Mary Bernstein, American Journal of Sociology
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 Nation
Book News Annotation:
Stein (sociology, University of Oregon and Rutgers University) tells the fictionalized story of a rural Oregon town and its encounters with prejudice and paranoia when a conservative Christian organization convinces citizens that lesbians and gays are taking over the town and demanding special rights.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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