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First, most of the students at both universities I studied fit into those demographic categories.Second, my research and previous literature indicates that how men and women form sexual and romantic relationships varies by race and sexual orientation.In other words, students often perceive that others hook up more often and go farther sexually during hookup encounters.
Furthermore, several studies of college student social life noted a major shift away from traditional dating to group “partying” in the 1970s.
Q: Is today’s hookup culture fundamentally different from campus sexual norms 10 or 20 years ago?
A: This is really an empirical question that I cannot answer given that I did not interview students who went to college 10 or 20 years ago.
In her new book, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus (New York University Press, 2008), Bogle wields the tools of the sociologist, employing in-depth interviews with students and graduates from two unnamed universities -- one a large East Coast public university, the other a smaller Roman Catholic institution in the Northeast -- and placing the culture of hooking up in a historical context.
She answered questions via e-mail, shedding light on what she calls the "center of college social life."Q: Your book is a scholarly take on an issue with popular appeal. A: I wrote this book with several audiences in mind, including college administrators, parents and college students.