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Polyamorous intimacies: from one love to many loves and back again

Polyamorous intimacies: from one love to many loves and back again
Polyamorous intimacies: from one love to many loves and back again
Polyamory is frequently heralded as moving towards more egalitarian and explicitly negotiated forms of relating. This chapter overviews the kinds of relations, exchanges and affects that open up in polyamorous relationships, but also argues that a form of ‘polynormativity’ has emerged which limits such openings, and echoes mononormativity in the way that it privileges certain forms of (romantic) relating, and emphases ownership over freedom. An alternative understanding of polyamory is presented which which shifts from a concept of ‘multiple lovers’ to ‘multiple loves’, exploring the potentials of breaking down the distinctions between monogamy and non-monogamy, flattening hierarchies between different kinds of relationship, and focusing on freedom, compassion and non-possession.
190-208
Palgrave Macmillan
Barker, M.J.
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Heckert, J.
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Wilkinson, E.
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Sanger, T.
Taylor, Y.
Barker, M.J.
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Heckert, J.
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Wilkinson, E.
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Sanger, T.
Taylor, Y.

Barker, M.J., Heckert, J. and Wilkinson, E. (2013) Polyamorous intimacies: from one love to many loves and back again. In, Sanger, T. and Taylor, Y. (eds.) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects. (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life., , (doi:10.1057/9781137313423)) London, GB. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 190-208. (doi:10.1057/9781137313423).

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Polyamory is frequently heralded as moving towards more egalitarian and explicitly negotiated forms of relating. This chapter overviews the kinds of relations, exchanges and affects that open up in polyamorous relationships, but also argues that a form of ‘polynormativity’ has emerged which limits such openings, and echoes mononormativity in the way that it privileges certain forms of (romantic) relating, and emphases ownership over freedom. An alternative understanding of polyamory is presented which which shifts from a concept of ‘multiple lovers’ to ‘multiple loves’, exploring the potentials of breaking down the distinctions between monogamy and non-monogamy, flattening hierarchies between different kinds of relationship, and focusing on freedom, compassion and non-possession.

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Published date: 2013
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 397873
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397873
PURE UUID: 205ecb7a-948e-4af0-bc47-4756acd5692b

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Date deposited: 08 Jul 2016 09:28
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 18:35

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Author: M.J. Barker
Author: J. Heckert
Author: E. Wilkinson
Editor: T. Sanger
Editor: Y. Taylor

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