The Stranger Next Door by Arlene Stein
The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights

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"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
 

About Arlene Stein

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Arlene Stein is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of "Sisters, Sexperts, Queers" (1993).
 
Published April 13, 2001 by Beacon Press. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Her most striking observation is that while conservative Christian organizers from outside Timbertown created widespread fear of a gay takeover, the town itself had no visible homosexual community, and most of its gay citizens were well integrated and accepted within the social fabric.

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