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This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners to explore the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of non-monogamy, psychological understandings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, mono-normativity and issues of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Situating Non-Monogamies
Introductionp. 3
Deconstructing Monogamy: Boundaries, Identities, and Fluidities across Relationshipsp. 9
Representing Non-Monogamies
Non-Monogamy and Fictionp. 23
'Science Says She's Gotta Have It': Reading for Racial Resonances in Woman-Centered Poly Literaturep. 34
Discursive Constructions of Polyamory in Mono-Normative Media Culturep. 46
Distinguishing Non-Monogamies
Relationship Innovation in Male Couplesp. 55
Swinging: Pushing the Boundaries of Monogamy?p. 70
There Were Three in the Bed: Discursive Desire and the Sex Lives of Swingersp. 82
Geeks, Goddesses, and Green Eggs: Political Mobilization and the Cultural Locus of the Polyamorous Community in the San Francisco Bay Areap. 87
Social Sex: Young Women and Early Sexual Relationshipsp. 94
Intersecting Non-Monogamies
Paradoxes in Gender Relations: [Post] Feminism and Bisexual Polyamoryp. 109
Trans and Non-Monogamiesp. 121
'Many Partners, Many Friends': Gay and Bisexual Mormon Men's Views of Non-Monogamous Relationshipsp. 134
Non-Monogamy in Queer BDSM Communities: Putting the Sex Back into Alternative Relationship Practices and Discoursep. 142
Asexual Relationships: What Does Asexuality Have to Do with Polyamory?p. 154
Disability And Polyamory: Exploring the Edges of Inter-Dependence, Gender and Queer Issues in Non-Monogamous Relationshipsp. 160
Extending Non-Monogamies
Strategies in Polyamorous Parentingp. 169
'To Pass, Border or Pollute': Polyfamilies Go to Schoolp. 182
Developing a 'Responsible' Foster Care Praxis: Poly as a Framework for Examining Power and Propriety in Family Contextsp. 188
Counseling Non-Monogamies
The Power Mechanisms of Jealousyp. 201
Making Friends with Jealousy: Therapy with Polyamorous Clientsp. 207
Promiscuities: Politics, Imagination, Spirituality and Hypocrisyp. 212
Theorizing Non-Monogamies
Conditions of Freedom in Practices of Non-Monogamous Commitmentp. 225
Sex, Space and Discourse: Non/Monogamy and Intimate Privilege in the Public Spherep. 237
What's Queer about Non-Monogamy Now?p. 243
Love without Borders? Intimacy, Identity and the State of Compulsory Monogamyp. 255
Referencesp. 267
Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 303
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