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Suspended transitions and affective orderings: From troubled monogamy to liminal polyamory

Enciso Domínguez, Giazú; Pujol, Juan; Motzkau, Johanna F. and Popper, Miroslav (2017). Suspended transitions and affective orderings: From troubled monogamy to liminal polyamory. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) pp. 183–197.

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While monogamy is the norm for romantic and intimate relationships in contemporary western societies, having other sexual and affective interactions alongside a monogamous relationship is a common practice. Instead of a unilateral and/or covert non-monogamy, polyamory promises a consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy. The personal transformation of normative cultural frameworks is fundamental to the experience of “becoming polyamorous.” This article explores such occasions using the notion of liminality in order to illustrate the phenomenon of “liminal hotspots.” Focusing on a specific and exemplary case describing the first stages of a polyamorous relationship, the paper explores the reordering of social formations involved. In this case, “becoming polyamorous” is expressed through a process of suspended transition where categories can be described as both/and monogamous/polyamorous and neither/nor monogamous/polyamorous.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 1461-7447
Keywords: polyamory; liminality; non-monogamy; romantic love; affective ordering
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 49132
Depositing User: Johanna Motzkau
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:40
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