Categorizing Monogamy Types

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

Categorizing Monogamy Types

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This chapter examines the various types of monogamy that exist. It examines monogamy not as a unitary construct, but that there exist multiple categories of monogamies. This is because the term monogamy refers to a highly contestable, individualized and socially malleable set of attitudes and behaviors. These meanings are currently embedded within a number of other social institutions, including religion, politics and the nuclear, or ‘standard’ family. It also sets the definition of monogamy that is used in this research: an overt and/or implicit expectation that a couple is socially expected to reserve all sexual interaction (including sexual kissing) to one another.

Keywords: monogamy types; categorizing monogamy; polyamory; polygamy

Chapter.  5083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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