Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Social changes and the transformations of kinship practices. An ethnographic approach of non-monogamous family in contemporary French speaking Europe.
Pierre-Yves Wauthier

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Date: 2015-09-25 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


This presentation examines the social and cultural factors contributing to poly
affiliations in French-speaking Europe.
In the familial and conjugal domain, over the last decades, Western Europe has been
showing signs of entropy. Marriage rates have been significantly decreasing and divorce
rates have been significantly increasing (Eurostat: 2014). In some countries, rates of
birth outside wedlock are now close to rates of birth inside wedlock. Furthermore, there
is a diversification of types of conjugal and familial pathways (e.g. Widmer: 2010; Bozon:
2008). Family and marriage patterns are no longer hetero- and mono- normative. In
addition, one can observe the development of new sexual and marital tropes and norms,
largely influenced by the medias (Bajos & Bozon: 2008). A relatively great number of
recent publications and press releases show an increasing emphasis on non-monogamy
in both the mass media and the academic world (e.g. Haritaworn, Lin and Klesse: 2006).
This ethnographic case study of non-monogamous family networks aims to discover, in
an inductive way, how (or if) they are related to the evolution of mentalities and
material context of our societies.
My data are based on interviews of non-monogamous fathers and mothers, online and
field observations among polyamory partners and families, and a score of articles,
books, videos, and websites produced or used by the actors of non-monogamous
I restricted the study to French-speaking informants from several European countries.