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Understanding Non-Monogamies

ISBN 9780415800556
Published December 8, 2009 by Routledge
324 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most social scientific work on intimate relationships has assumed a monogamous structure, or has considered anything other than monogamy only in the context of 'infidelity'. Yet, in recent years there has been a growing interest among researchers and the public in exploring various patterns of intimacy that involve open non-monogamy. This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners throughout the world to explore non-monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of various forms of non-monogamy, experiences of non-monogamous living, psychological understandings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, the discursive construction of mono-normativity as well as issues of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender. This volume will be of interest to academics and practitioners working in the social sciences and anyone who is seeking greater insight into the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Situating Non-monogamies  1. Introduction  Meg Barker and Darren Langdridge  2. Deconstructing Monogamy: Boundaries, Identities, and Fluidities across Relationships  Katherine Frank and John DeLamater  Section 2: Representing Non-monogamies  3. Non-monogamy and Fiction  Esther Saxey  4. ‘Science Says She’s Gotta Have it’: Reading for Racial Resonances in Woman-Centered Poly Literature  Angela Willey  5. Discursive Constructions of Polyamory in Mono-normative Media Culture  Ani Ritchie  Section 3: Distinguishing Non-monogamies  6. Relationship Innovation in Male Couples  Barry D. Adam  7. Swinging: Pushing the Boundaries of Monogamy?  Dee McDonald  8. There Were Three in the Bed: Discursive Desire and the Sex Lives of Swingers  Shalanda Phillips  9. Geeks, Goddesses, and Green Eggs: Political Mobilization and the Cultural Locus of the Polyamorous Community in the San Francisco Bay Area  Hadar Aviram  10. Social Sex: Young Women and Early Sexual Relationships  Maya Lavie-Ajayi, Colette D.R. Jones and Lucy Russell  Section 4: Intersecting Non-monogamies  11. Paradoxes in Gender Relations: [Post] Feminism and Bisexual Polyamory  Christian Klesse  12. Trans and Non-Monogamies  Christina Richards  13. ‘Many Partners, Many Friends’: Gay and Bisexual Mormon Men’s Views of Non-Monogamous Relationships  José Miguel Montenegro  14. Non-Monogamy in Queer BDSM Communities: Putting the Sex back into Alternative Relationship Practices and Discourse  Robin Bauer  15. Asexual Relationships: What Does Asexuality Have to Do with Polyamory?  Kristin S. Scherrer  16. Disability And Polyamory: Exploring the Edges of Inter-Dependence, Gender and Queer Issues in Non-Monogamous Relationships  Alessandra (Alex) Iantaffi  Section 5: Extending Non-monogamies  17. Strategies in Polyamorous Parenting  Elisabeth Sheff  18. ‘To Pass, Border or Pollute’: Polyfamilies Go to School  Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli  19. Developing a ‘Responsible’ Foster Care Praxis: Poly as a Framework for Examining Power and Propriety in Family Contexts  Damien W. Riggs  Section 6: Counselling Non-monogamies 20. The Power Mechanisms of Jealousy  Pepper Mint  21. Making Friends with Jealousy: Therapy with Polyamorous Clients  Dossie Easton  22. Promiscuities: Politics, Imagination, Spirituality and Hypocrisy  Andrew Samuels  Section 7: Theorising Non-monogamies  23. Conditions of Freedom in Practices of Non-monogamous Commitment  Mark Finn  24. Sex, Space and Discourse: Non/monogamy and Intimate Privilege in the Public Sphere  Nathan Rambukkana  25. What’s Queer about Non-monogamy Now?  Eleanor Wilkinson  26. Love without Borders? Intimacy, Identity and the State of Compulsory Monogamy  Jamie Heckert

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Meg Barker is a lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a sex and relationship therapist. She and Darren Langdridge have published Safe, Sane, Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism with Palgrave and are now editing a new journal, Psychology & Sexuality, with Taylor & Francis. Meg's research publications focus on sexualities and relationships.

Darren Langdridge is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited existential psychotherapist. His research expertise is in sexualities and hermeneutic phenomenology. He has co-edited several books including Safe, Sane, Consensual, and has also authored a number of other books including Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method (Pearson Education). He is currently co-editing the new journal Psychology & Sexuality.