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


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This chapter first explains why conservatives desire for us to be monogamous before using Antonio Gramsci’s hegemony theory to explain monogamy’s cultural esteem. This theory, originally written to explain political processes of domination and subordination, has also been applied to the concept of ruling cultural ideas and morals. It is used here to explain monogamy’s position as the only acceptable form of relationship before highlighting some pockets of resistance to the grip that monogamy has over our romantic-sexual lives.

Keywords: hegemony; monogamism; monogamy

Chapter.  9896 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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