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Beyond MonogamyPolyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities$
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Mimi Schippers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801596

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Polyqueer Sexualities

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(p.1) Introduction
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Beyond Monogamy
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Mimi Schippers

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.003.0001

The author discusses the critique of compulsory heterosexuality and heteronormativity in queer, feminist, and critical race theory and argues that there is a missing critique of compulsory monogamy and mononormativity. The author then summarizes empirical research on polyamory and suggests it lacks a queer, feminist, and critical race theoretical framework. Given the centrality of monogamy in heteronormativity and the emergence of polyamory as a subculture and relationship form, the author argues that a critical theory of polyqueer sexualities is both timely and needed. A description of methods and chapter summaries are provided.

Keywords:   compulsory heterosexuality, heteronormativity, feminist theory, critical race theory, queer Theory, polyamory, polyqueer, monogamy, mononormativity

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