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

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From Polygyny to Polyamory: an Anthropological Study on Non-Monogamy in Brazil
Antonio Cerdeira Pilão

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Date: 2015-09-25 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-13


This work is part of a PhD research (2013-2017) at Sociology and Anthropology Graduate School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPGSA-UFRJ), with sandwich period (2015-2016) in Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain. This paper presents a study of the development of non-monogamy in Brazil. It starts with the work of Gilberto Freyre (The Masters and the Slaves, 1933) who analyses the polygyny of a patriarchal and slave society. The paper also emphasizes the changes in contemporary Brazilian non-monogamies relations, marked by an egalitarian gender ideology, which the main exponents are polyamory and Relações Livres (RLi). The research is being carried out by analyzing the content of Brazilian non-monogamous internet groups, through participant observation in meetings realized in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre and by in-depth interviews with their supporters. The obtained data is examined using discourse analysis methodology. This work aims to contribute to the understanding of the non-monogamy in Brazil and its particularities. As it can be seen through the paper, it appears to exist in the discourses a precedence of the ideals of freedom and spontaneity over those of equality and reciprocity.