Polyamory and its ‘Others’: Contesting the Terms of Non-Monogamy

  title={Polyamory and its ‘Others’: Contesting the Terms of Non-Monogamy},
  author={Christian Klesse},
  pages={565 - 583}
  • C. Klesse
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Sociology
  • Sexualities
Drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews with bisexual-identified practitioners of polyamory in the UK, this article shows that love, intimacy and friendship are salient themes in polyamory discourses. An exploration of the question of how respondents define polyamory with regard to different ‘styles of non-monogamy’ reveals that the boundaries of polyamory are contested within the movement that has formed around this concept. The prevalent definition of polyamory as ‘responsible non-monogamy… 

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