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

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

Chapter:
(p.93) 4) Race and the Construction of Same-Sex Sex Markets in Four Chicago Neighborhoods
Source:
The Sexual Organization of the City
Author(s):
Stephen EllingsonKirby Schroeder
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470337.003.0004

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

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