Michael Raab: Care in Consensually Non- Monogamous Relationship Networks: Aspirations and Practices in a Contradictory Field

Der Beitrag ist für die 1. NMCI-Konferenz 2015 in Lissabon entstanden und 2018 im Graduate Journal of Social Science erschienen.

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Ich stelle darin Zwischenergebnisse meiner Dissertation vor, in denen sich abzeichnet, dass emanzipatorische Ansprüche sich am besten umsetzen lassen, wenn sie nicht nur entschieden als geteilte Norm vertreten, sondern auch strukturell untersetzt werden, z.B. durch gemeinsame Haushaltsführung oder verbindliche Kommunikationsformen. Zudem stellt der Artikel die genutzte Methodik – eine Trinangulation von Intersektionalen Mehrebenenanalyse (externer Link) und Netzwerkanalyse – dar.

ABSTRACT: The paper discusses the question whether currently emerging, new forms of non-monogamous intimate relationships generate new class and gender relations. Parts of the polyamory movement propagate that breaking with hegemonic norms in relationships opens up the possibility for replacing internalized patriarchal and capitalistically structured norms and behaviour patterns with ones that are to a higher degree self-reflexive and self-determined. Parts of the research about polyamory agree that there is emancipatory potential and stress the possibility of these relationships to break with heteronormative and sexist power struc-tures and to initiate social change in various domains. However, it is just as feasible that poly-amory is a relationship form that aids in managing the demands of a highly flexible, project-oriented capitalist system. The paper outlines my qualitative method of research – a triangulation of intersectional multi-level analysis and network analysis – as well as my ideas for a care-theoretical approach to understanding polyamorous practices. Based on preliminary results of my doctoral research the paper leads to the conclusion that emancipatory aspirations are especially likely to succeed when they are supported by structural measures like
collec-tive housekeeping or obligatory modes of communication.

KEYWORDS: Social inequality, non-monogamies, care, gendered division of work, qualitative research