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

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Polyamory: accident or purpose? The process of discovery of polyamorous identity
Fábio Mariano Borges

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

Abstract


Monogamy as normativity affects the notions and identity of love, of the 
relationships between people and of the individual's subjectivity, since all 
that is out of this pattern is seen as guilt, immoral and risk. In this scenario, 
the knowledge and dissemination of polyamory is still scanty and 
unsatisfying.
How does happen the acknowledgement about the polyamory to their 
practitioners? 
Does the knowledge and awareness of polyamory appears first and then 
those who identify with this concept begin to seek this kind of relationship 
or the  format of polyamory appears as a strategy and  a conveniente 
answer for the case of having sexual relations and affinity with more than 
one person at the same time?
The research deals with how and when people recognize that they are in a 
polyamorous relationship. Discusses if polyamory is a format by which 
people  consciously choose and adhere or they discover along the formation 
of their love relationships with more than one person.
Method: qualitative in-depth research. Ten groups living polyamory ratio 
were interviewed, four of them in Brazil, two in  United States and four in 
Europe. The research looked polyamorous groups of different genres and 
groups formed by members of the same gender.
Theoretical line: study in the field of sociology based on the theories of risk  
(Ulrich Beck), stigma and outsiders (Becker) and Foucault's concepts of 
normatization and discourse.