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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2Z03
Professor
David Young
Semester
Summer

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Laud Humphreys research on the Tearoom TradeA background on the researcho he was a phd student in sociology in Washington st Louis in late 1960so dissertationhomosexual activity in public washroom tearoomo he was trying to identify the social characteristics of the men who engaged in homosexual activities in public washrooms ie age social class position ethnicracial background he only saw oral sex and not anal sexB methodology of the researchhe made use of several different methodso field researchparticipant observation he passed himself off as being homosexual so he could be seen as playing a role in the tearoom he saw two people participating in sexual activity and another man at the lookout what Humphrey didhe was the watchqueen this man was a voyeurhe liked to watch others engage in sexual activity since he could not make notes and watch at the same time he made mental notes and wrote things down once he was done watchingo openended interviews once his face became familiar and people felt comfortable with him he thought he would
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