Living Outside Protocol : Polyamorous Orientations, Bodies, and Queer Temporalities

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Title Living Outside Protocol : Polyamorous Orientations, Bodies, and Queer Temporalities
Author Carlström, Charlotta ; Andersson, Catrine
Research Centre Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies
Date 2019
English abstract
This study investigates experiences of polyamory in a society where monogamy is the norm. Polyamory is when more than two people are involved in an intimate and/or sexual relationship. The relationships are known to those involved, and everyone has the opportunity to have multiple relationships at the same time. In-depth interviews were completed with 22 persons in Sweden who identify as polyamorous. Drawing on Ahmed’s phenomenological concepts of turning points and lines and Halberstam’s concept of queer time and temporality, the following questions are explored: What turning points can be seen in the informants’ stories? And what consequences are the informants exposed to when heteronormative expectations are not followed? In the theoretical language of Ahmed, living a life within monogamous boundaries would be considered as being “in line”. Going beyond these monogamous heteronormative lines can result in more relational choices by which one has to find out what kind of relationship works best instead of following a ready-made template. The majority of the informants feel forced to conceal their relationship constellations in several situations and contexts. Living a queer life is seen by others in society as not only incomprehensible but also immature and inexperienced. Interactions with healthcare professionals seldom offer any relief from this; instead, the informants’ stories of these encounters can be interpreted as instances of being stopped and blocked, resulting in stress and shame.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-019-09621-7 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12119-019-09621-7 .Icon
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Sexuality & Culture;
ISSN 1095-5143
Language eng (iso)
Subject Polyamory
Sweden
Turning points
Lines
Queer time
Temporality
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29361 Permalink to this page
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