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Josh Sides
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Pomona, CA 91768-2557)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005

History of U.S. Urban Vice Districts, 1960's and 1970's

In his bestselling 1963 novel CITY OF NIGHT, American writer and part time street-hustler John Rechy described the gritty metropolitan world in which he lived and worked: "Later," he wrote, "I would think of America as one vast City of Night stretching gaudily from Times Square to Hollywood Boulevard --jukebox-winking, rock-n-roll-moaning: America at night fusing its darkcities into the unmistakable shape of loneliness." My current book project, EROTIC CITY: SEXUAL REVOLUTIONS AND THE AMERICAN METROPOLIS, is a history of those "darkcities" Rechy described. It is unique in its methodology, its findings, and its interdisciplinarity, and will be, I believe, an important contribution to the fields of American studies, the history of sexuality, and urban history.