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

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"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

Winner of the 2001 Ruth Benedict Award 

In a book that combines strong on-the-ground research and lucid analysis with a novelist's imaginative sympath
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by Beacon Press (first published April 1st 2001)
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Catherine
Timbertown, Oregon, has a small gay population, and no activist gay community. Yet in the early '90s, the issue of gay rights split the town in two when a ballot initiative asked the city council not to recognize gay individuals as possessing rights that needed protection. Conservatives charged that gay rights were "special interests" and would undermine family, community, and nation; liberals argued that equality was the main issue; both sides duked it out in street protests, letters to the edi ...more
Shannon Wyss
Mar 16, 2015 Shannon Wyss rated it it was amazing
An excellent, excellent analysis of how and why the campaign against "special rights for homosexuals" took off the way it did in one small Oregon town in the early 1990s. Based on in-depth interviews with people in the community, Stein uses the lenses of economics, sociology, and religious studies to dissect the tensions in "Timbertown" and how the changes in the community lead to this battle being one that spoke to so many.

While much has changed in the ensuing 20+ years, the rhetoric that appe
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Alexis
Jun 29, 2007 Alexis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: culture war junkies, evangelicals
An interesting look at a major crossroads between the conservative right and liberal left: sexuality and civic rights.

I liked both the content and form of the book. While it took a little while to read, Stein is informative and enlightening on the relationship between whiteness, masculinity, economics, "community," and sexuality. Stein also delicately locates herself within the project in ways that remind me how good research can be done.

Nice weaving of much of the sexuality studies and gender r
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Ryan Mishap
Oct 21, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Examines the people of "Timber Town" (Cottage Grove, Oregon) as the battle over an Oregon Citizen's Alliance (an anti-gay, religious right-wing group) ballot measure targeting the GLBT community. Stein manages to talk with people on both sides of the issue about religion, economics, and how culture effects the debate. When she waxes academically about insider/outsider status and how groups define themselves, the writing is good. But, Stein herself suffers from a class, urban bias that sours her ...more
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Good book. I assigned it to my class. Reads like a novel. Wish I could write like this.
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