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College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics: The Lives and Longings of Emerging Adults

Jennifer Beste


What happens at college parties? Why do students dress and behave the way they do? Who has power, and what kind? And are college students happy overall with party and hookup culture? In response to undergraduates’ skepticism of researchers’ accounts of hookup culture, the author engaged 126 college students as ethnographers to observe and analyze this complex social reality at parties. Part I presents their results, revealing a disillusionment with contemporary sexual and relational norms that challenges benevolent or even neutral views of hookup culture. Part II brings students into conversat ... More

Keywords: hookup culture, neighbor-love, happiness, justice, ethnography, undergraduates, Christian sexual ethics, Johann Metz, sexual assault, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190268503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190268503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Beste, author
Professor of Theology and Koch Chair of Catholic Thought and Culture, College of Saint Benedict