Hooking up and dating a comparison
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.
I hoped administrators and student life personnel would read it to figure out what is going on in the lives of their students and how the hookup culture is related to some of the major residence-life issues, such as alcohol use and sexual assault.
Second, my research and previous literature indicates that how men and women form sexual and romantic relationships varies by race and sexual orientation.
Therefore, I had to limit the scope of my study in order to be able to draw conclusions about the dominant culture on campus.
Although I do touch on how non-whites and other marginalized groups form sexual and romantic relationships on campus in my book, fully exploring this issue is an entire study itself.
Q: How much of your interviews reveal what students perceive about hookup culture -- that is, what they hear from their friends and expect from popular culture -- as opposed to what actually happens on campus?