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

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Polyamory: a qualitative analysis of an emergent social phenomenon
Giorgia Lorenzetti

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Date: 2015-09-26 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


The purpose of this research is to analyze the changes that are happening regarding the way that we perceive and define relationships, including romantic and sexual components. It pretends to discuss about the present and limitations of monogamy and the future of the consensual nonmonogamy. Besides it tries to connect this discussion with the social and cultural changes of our time and the “new concept” of love like "something that includes more than two people in many different ways and can break the normativity rule of exclusivity, where love often means possessive and jealousy". This research also introduce a cualitative analysis of written interviews (13 Open-Ended Questions), that have been fulfilled by people from different part of Europe and South America, whom perceive, define and experience themselves as polyamorous. For the analysis it has been used the Atlas-ti program (Version 7.1.7). The major goal of this work consist in validate the existing theories about polyamory comparing them with Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love (1985) based on different combination of passion, intimacy, commitment. This work also pretend adding some new information, using the narrations of the polyamorous interviewed. Another goal is granting more visibility on how we can resignify the love's dimensions within these kinds of relationships and, on the other hand, open up our mind on new reflections about consensual nonmonogamy, especially polyamory and its various and specials forms.