Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest

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University of California Press, Aug 14, 2003 - Social Science - 335 pages
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At the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct, yet at times overlapping, male same-sex sexual subcultures had emerged in the Pacific Northwest: one among the men and boys who toiled in the region's logging, fishing, mining, farming, and railroad-building industries; the other among the young urban white-collar workers of the emerging corporate order. Boag draws on police logs, court records, and newspaper accounts to create a vivid picture of the lives of these men and youths--their sexual practices, cultural networks, cross-class relations, variations in rural and urban experiences, and ethnic and racial influences.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Sex on the Road Migratory Men and Youths in the Pacific Northwests Hinterlands
15
Sex in the City Transient and WorkingClass Men and Youths in the Urban Northwest
45
Gay Identity and Community in Early Portland
89
From Oscar Wilde to Portlands 1912 Scandal Socially Constructing the Homosexual
125
Personality Politics and Sex in Portland and the Northwest
157
Reforming Homosexuality in the Northwest
185
SameSex Affairs in the Pacific Northwest 1912 and After
217
Notes
223
Bibliography
283
Index
309
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Peter Boag is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Environment and Experience: Settlement Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oregon (California, 1992).

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