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

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Not a recipe, but conditions of possibility for polyamory healthy practices: From feminist to beyond
Giazú Enciso

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Date: 2015-09-26 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-10


Within the spectrum of consensual non monogamy, polyamory currently plays a role of prominence and emerging issue (Duncombe et al., 2004) . There is a boom that can be seen in magazines, news reports or postings of bloggers. But this peak is not always being accompanied by the information and/or proper training, and are beginning to create polyamorous zombies (Enciso, 2015). People who practice something similar, but with archaic rules of monogamy. Without care, without feminism, without no information or support networks; but with violence, machismo and some other dangerous issues.

As a part of a doctoral thesis (UAB), we have followed an ethnographic  process started in 2008, mainly making participant observation and semi structured interviews. A fundamental part of this process has been the perspective of situated knowledge (Haraway, 1991), based on the narratives proposed by Balash and Montenegro (2003). This paper presents six conditions of possibility to be taken into account when practice polyamory. Those are going to be explained and discussing during the presentation: Feminist perspective, Coolness as a shield, Identity: The polyamorous bucket, The network, Rules and (re) negotiation, Practices and Privileges. Finally, say that even though these conditions have been worked from polyamory, could be generalize/put into context them for current monogamous relationships.