wake up call

Recebi isto via mailing list do poliamor portugues.

Depois da conferencia em Hamburgo em 2005 e toda a atencao mediatica que se seguiu, muita gente descobriu que o poliamor é um topico em oportunidades de investigacao e teses de licenciatura e doutoramento.

É bom que se investigue e só posso estar contente. Mas nao posso deixar de sentir uma ponta de ironia amarga por todos aqueles que desconheciam de todo o poliamor antes de tantos praticantes, nao academicos, terem saido do seu armário.

A conferencia em Hamburgo nao teve mais de 200 participantes (ver varios posts da altura neste blog):


Vá… toca a pegar no teclado/esferografica, toca a trabalhar e escrevinhar umas coisicas.

N.E.: O trabalho abaixo já saiu como livro.

Call for contributions
Understanding Non-Monogamies
Edited by: Dr. Meg Barker & Dr. Darren Langdridge
Contact:Dr. Meg Barker, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences,London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA. Email: barkermj@lsbu.ac.uk Dr. Darren Langdridge, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University,Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Email: d.langdridge@open.ac.uk

Most psychological and social scientific work on intimate relationships hasassumed a monogamous structure, or has considered anything other thanmonogamy in the context of 'infidelity'. Openly non-monogamous patterns of relating have been largely excluded from research and theory (Barker, 2007).Pieper and Bauer (2005) termed this exclusion 'mono-normativity', and suchprivileging of the monogamous couple can be seen as part of wider heteronormative discourses which explicitly or implicitly present the'opposite-sex' dyad as the 'natural', 'normal' or 'ideal' way of being.

There is little recognition of the growing numbers of 'opposite-sex' couples who are involved in swinging, polyamory, or some other form of open non-monogamy (e.g. McDonald, 2007), or of the significant numbers of those in gay, bisexual, and to some extent, lesbian communities, who are involved in openly non-monogamous relationships (e.g. Adam, 2006; Klesse, 2005; Musen& Stelboum, 1999). Calls for various forms of relationship recognition for same-sex couples have been seen, by some, as part of a continued marginalisation of those who practice their relationship in less 'traditional' ways, with Michael Warner, and others, arguing that such drives towards normalisation reify dominant and 'damaging hierarchies of respectability' (1999, p.74).

In recent years there has been a growing interest in exploring various patterns of intimacy which involve open non-monogamy (e.g. Adam, 2004;Barker, 2004; Jackson & Scott, 2004). This has culminated recently in an international conference on mono-normativity (Pieper & Bauer, 2005) and a special issue of the international journal Sexualities on polyamory: 'a form of relationship where it is possible, valid and worthwhile to maintain (usually long-term) intimate and sexual relationships with multiple partners simultaneously' (Haritaworn, Lin & Klesse, 2006, p.515). Research on the topic has captured public attention with a flood of newspaper coverage in 2005 following the presentation of Ritchie & Barker's research on the language of polyamory (see Ritchie & Barker, 2006). Open non-monogamy could be seen as a burgeoning 'sexual story', with over a million google hits for the topic of polyamory alone, and a growing number of 'self-help' stylebooks on the topic (e.g. Anapol, 1997; Easton & Liszt, 1997; Taormino, forthcoming 2007).The proposed book seeks to provide further discussion and debate about open non-monogamous relationships.

We are keen to invite empirical and theoretical pieces considering the various non-monogamous patterns inexistence today. We welcome empirical and theoretical work concerned with the history and cultural basis of various forms of non-monogamy, experiencesof non-monogamous living, psychological understandings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, and the discursive construction of mono-normativity. We are keen to invite submissions that address issues of race, class and disability, as well as sexuality and gender. We also wish to include political and activist writing, as well as pieces from community representatives. We are not seeking work that pathologises open non-monogamyor focuses on 'infidelity'. Nor are we looking for anthropological studieson polygamy and polyandry.

We hope to include contributions from academics and activists from as wide a range of countries as possible, especially those traditionally under-represented in academic and activist writing in the English language.

Prospective authors are invited to contact the editors at the earliestpossible opportunity to discuss potential submissions.

The closing date for chapter abstracts is 31st August 2007 and (provisionally) for completed chapters 31st March 2008 (electronic submission preferred).

Adam, B. D. (2004). Care, Intimacy and Same-Sex Partnership in the 21stCentury. Current Sociology, 52(2), 265–279
Adam, B. D. (2006). Relationship Innovation in Male Couples. Sexualities,9(1), 5-26.
Anapol, D. M. (1997). Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits. California,US: IntiNet Resource Centre.
Barker, M. (2004). This is my partner, and this is my… partner's partner: Constructing a polyamorous identity in a monogamous world. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 18, 75-88.
Barker, M. (2007). Heteronormativity and the exclusion of bisexuality in psychology. In V. Clarke and E. Peel (Eds.) Out In Psychology: Lesbian, gay,bisexual and trans perspectives. pp. 86-118 Chichester: Wiley.
Easton, D. and Liszt, C. A. (1997). The Ethical Slut. California, US:Greenery Press.
Jackson, S. and Scott, S. (2004). The personal is still political:heterosexuality, feminism and monogamy. Feminism & Psychology, 14 (1) 151-157.
Klesse, C. (2005). Bisexual Women, Non-Monogamy and Differentialist Anti-Promiscuity Discourses. Sexualities, 8(4), 445-464.
McDonald, D. (in press). Swings and roundabouts: management of jealousy in heterosexual 'swinging' couples. British Journal of Social Psychology.
Munsen, M. and Stelboum, J. P. (Eds.) (1999). The Lesbian Polyamory Reader.NY: Harrington Park Press.
Pieper, M. & Bauer, R. (2005). Call for Papers: International Conference on Polyamory and Mono-normativity. Research Centre for Feminist, Gender & QueerStudies, University of Hamburg, November 5 th/6th 2005.
Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2006). 'There aren't words for what we do or how we feel so we have to make them up': Constructing polyamorous languages in aculture of compulsory monogamy. Sexualities, 9(5), 584 - 601.
Taormino, T. (forthcoming, 2007). Opening up: A Guide to Polyamory. Cleis PressWarner, M. (1999). The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics and Social Theory.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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