Case Studies – Debates about the ethics of the Tearoom Trade Study Methodology. In the ‘s PhD student in sociology Laud Humphreys studied men who. In the ‘s, sociology doctoral student Laud Humphreys conducted the infamous Tearoom Trade Study [2]. Humphreys’ goal was to. Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places. 2. \; f! ri. ‘; i’. ~j. ~. ” I. I.j. Ij. ‘e.:~ f :’ t. lAUD HUMPHREYS. ‘”,. “,. At shortly after five o’clock on a weekday.

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Retrieved June 20, If the police had got hold of Humphreys’ data or if the identities of the men involved had been revealed, they would have been severely stigmatised, their family lives ruined, they could have lost their jobs, or even been arrested and imprisoned.

On one occasion, an undercover patrolman actually revealed to Humphreys that law enforcement was upregulating activity in a certain area of a park due to an increase in African-American visitors, an event unrelated to frade tearoom activities.

Tracking and interviewing the subjects provided an opportunity to better understand the rationality the subjects used when engaging in tearoom acts. Transaction PublishersDec 31, – Social Science – pages. Humphreys influenced generations of sociologists and other social and behavioral scientists in complex ways.

After spending some time in this harsh environment, Humphreys admitted that he questioned his own ability humphgeys resist if the authorities had questioned him.

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A year after recording his observations of tearoom trades, Humphreys tracked down the subjects using the license plate numbers that he covertly recorded.

Protecting identities of participants Case Study Protecting identities of participants: His book won the C. His biography, written by John F.

Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology. Portraying himself as a social health researcher he interviewed them under false pretences to gain information on their marital status, sexuality and sexual orientations and occupations.


Falsely presenting himself as a social health worker, Humphreys traveled to the homes of the subjects and asked if he could conduct a social health teatoom.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Most have found his most serious ethical violation the humphrejs he disguised himself and went to mens’ homes on a false pretext, invading their privacy. Retrieved from ” https: Social Science and Social Policy.

He recorded the names, license plate numbers, and addresses of around men. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Ttrade would pick a restroom positioned in a remote part of the park, isolated by distance from highly trafficked areas such as the entrance or busy sports fields. The advantages that made tearooms appealing to the men who participated were the inexpensive and liberating nature of the interaction, the impersonal sexual gratification that accompanied the activity, and the speed and efficiency that allowed participants to quickly enter and exit the tearooms.

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The book is an ethnographic study of anonymous male homosexual sexual encounters in public toilets a practice that was known as “tea-rooming” in U. Keys, was published teatoomunder the title Laud Humphreys: This survey allowed him to formulate an idea of the home life of subjects in his study. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These roles included an tearooom, an insertee, and a lookout referred to as a watchqueen.

Police officers were aware of several tearoom locations.

Case Studies – Debates about the ethics of the Tearoom Trade Study Methodology In the ‘s PhD student in sociology Laud Humphreys studied men who have sex with other men in public restrooms of city parks. Humphreys also concluded that such encounters were harmless, and posed no danger of harassment to straight men. Humphreys separated from his wife in and began living with Brian Miller, a graduate student at the University of Alberta.


It is universally acknowledged in scientific communities that openly observing an interaction between two subjects can change the outcome of their interaction. Table of Contents Key questions Example of harm from social science research – Research merit and integrity Justice Special protections for vulnerable communities Ethics Controversies: Often, these men and their wives were deprived of sexual relations with each other.

The book was quickly recognized as an important, imaginative, and useful contribution to our understanding of “deviant” sexual activity. In addition to recording the sex acts of over men Humphreys had a small subset who knew he was a researcher and spoke humphreye him about sex in public places and homosexuality which was in the s criminalised in the United States. He found certain patterns relating to marital status, employment, and behavior. Selected pages Title Page. Prophet of homosexuality and sociology.

Laud Humphreys received his divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and spent fourteen years in the ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Most social scientists agree that observing people’s acts in public spaces is not unethical, as long as people are not identified. An Exchange”, in Norman K. Retrieved from ” https: However, there were about a dozen subjects to whom Humphreys revealed his true identity in order to gain assistance in conducting the study, learning the rules, and locating tearooms.

He is noted for his research into sexual encounters between men in public bathrooms, published as Tearoom Trade and for the questions that emerged from what many believe to be unethical research methods.

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