Overview of the Research

Eric Anderson

in The Monogamy Gap

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777921
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919062 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Overview of the Research

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The purpose of this chapter is to explain how the author came to critically examine the pervasive, hegemonic understandings of sexual relationships that condemn cheating while holding monogamy as a moral ideal. This chapter highlights how multiple factors in the relational and cultural context influence how young men view monogamy, open sexual relationships, and cheating; why they cheat and how they rectify their cheating in relation with their esteem for monogamy. It also provides a brief description of the theories utilized, including the dyadic dissonance theory.

Keywords: monogamy; cheating; relationships; men; sex; dyadic dissonance theory

Chapter.  2949 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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