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134lecture19(feb23) - The Social Organization of Sex Feb....

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© 2005 David Schweingruber The Social Organization of Sex Feb. 23, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134
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© 2005 David Schweingruber The social organization of sex Conducting survey research • Sampling—importance of having a random sample • Selecting indicators Indicator: measurable event, characteristic, or behavior commonly thought to reflect a particular concept (p. 68) What best explains sexual behavior? • Sexual instincts • Sexual scripts Sexual behavior is shaped by norms and values, social networks, and social institutions—like any other social behavior
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Sex surveys (sampling) Kinsey: institutional populations, snowball sampling Magazine surveys: biased samples, low response rates National Health and Social Life Survey (1992) Randomly sampled 4,369 people 3,432 were interviewed (78.6% response rate) Finding supports importance of sexual scripts Source: Michael, et al. 1994. Sex in America. Little, Brown.
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Who are our sex partners?
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