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

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Psychologization and pathologization of polyamory in Polish media
Katarzyna Grunt-Mejer, Weronika Chańska

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Date: 2015-09-26 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08

Abstract


Our presentation aims to demonstrate the ways in which polyamory is described and evaluated by Polish experts in popular media. We will concentrate our analysis on the opinions and evaluations presented by the experts in the field of psychology and sexology.

Complementary to carrying out a content analysis of the expert discourse we will provide remarks concerning rhetorical and linguistic strategies used by the specialists. We will submit evidence of the processes of psychologization and pathologization of polyamory. We will further demonstrate that the main psychologizing strategies used by the experts (e.g. associating interest and engagement in polyamorous relationships with pathological personal history or proclaiming negative psychological impact of such relationships) aim primarily at proving that polyamory is detrimental to relational health. And, as such, serve to maintain the socially sanctioned hegemony of monogamy.