Sex and the soul : juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance, and religion on America's college campuses (Book, 2008) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Sex and the soul : juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance, and religion on America's college campuses

Author: Donna Freitas
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Today's college students are fascinated by religion but they are also more sexually active than previous generations. How do these young people reconcile their spiritual longings with sexual freedom on campus? Based on dozens of face-to-face interviews, Sex and the Soul explores the sexual and spiritual lives of today's college students. Donna Freitas crisscrossed the country, visiting a range of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Freitas, Donna.
Sex and the soul.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608844870
Online version:
Freitas, Donna.
Sex and the soul.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)631831447
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donna Freitas
ISBN: 9780195311655 0195311655 9780199747610 019974761X
OCLC Number: 171151770
Description: xxii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Lauren Winner --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Welcome to college; meet Amy Stone: tour guide, fashion model, straight-A student --
Section 1: Varieties Of College Religious Experience --
1: Spiritual colleges: souls adrift --
2: Why Catholic schools (and their students) are "spiritual but not religious" --
3: Evangelical extroverts: faithful and diverse --
Section 2: Romantic Ideal --
4: Evangelical purity culture: its princesses and warriors --
5: Wanted: a little romance --
Section 3: Truth About Sex On Campus --
6: Where dating. Practical guide to Sex and the Soul: three musts for your college to-do list: what to say to your child, student, parishioner, friend --
Appendix: On methodology --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Donna Freitas.

Abstract:

From the Publisher: Today's college students are fascinated by religion but they are also more sexually active than previous generations. How do these young people reconcile their spiritual longings with sexual freedom on campus? Based on dozens of face-to-face interviews, Sex and the Soul explores the sexual and spiritual lives of today's college students. Donna Freitas crisscrossed the country, visiting a range of America's colleges and universities-from public to private, Catholic to evangelical-to find out what students had to say about these highly personal subjects. Their stories will not only engage readers, but, in many cases, move them with the painful struggles these candid young women and men face. Indeed, the book uncovers aspects of college life that may unsettle some readers, especially parents. Many campuses, for instance, are dominated by the hook-up culture of casual sex. Moreover, a surprising number of students see little connection between sex and religion. Indeed, these observations hold true even at Catholic schools. Only at evangelical colleges is religion an important factor when deciding whether or not to engage in sex. But Freitas's research also reveals that, even at secular schools, students are not comfortable with the prevalence of casual sex, and that they do want religion to speak about what they should do and who they should try to be-not just what they should avoid doing. Sex and the Soul will offer readers the chance to hear college students speaking honestly about extremely sensitive topics, in a book that will be of great interest to students, parents, clergy, teachers, and anyone who wants to know what's happening on today's college campuses.
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"Fascinating, disturbing...Freitas's tone is engaging and her writing persuasive...Freitas's work chronicles a poignant spiritual loss that students themselves articulate and mourn." Publishers Read more...

 
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