Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogamy in the Public Sphere

January 15, 2016|
Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogamy in the Public Sphere by Nathan Rambukkana
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Adultery scandals involving politicians. Dating websites for married women and men. Raids of polygamous communities. Reality shows about polyamorists. It seems that non-monogamy is everywhere: in popular culture, in the news, and before the courts.

In Fraught Intimacies, Nathan Rambukkana delves into North American society’s fixation with monogamy and its attendant fascination with non-monogamy. Drawing on media coverage, popular culture, and recent court cases, he examines how polygamy, adultery, and polyamory are represented in the public sphere and the effect this is having on intimate relationships and aspects of contemporary Western society.

As this book demonstrates, although monogamy is considered and presented as the norm in Western society, many kinds of sexual and romantic relationships exist within its borders. Rambukkana’s intricate analysis reveals how some forms of non-monogamy are tacitly accepted, even glamourized, while others are vilified and reviled. By questioning what this says about intimacy, power, and privilege, this book offers an innovative framework for understanding the place of non-monogamy in Western society, particularly in relation to race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and citizenship status.

Timely and controversial, this book makes a stimulating and sophisticated argument for why we need to reconsider how we talk – and think – about non-monogamy.

Nathan Rambukkana is an assistant professor in communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His work centres on the study of discourse, politics, and identities, and his research addresses topics such as hashtag publics, mixed-race representation, digital intimacies, intimate privilege, and non/monogamy in the public sphere. He...
Title:Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogamy in the Public SphereFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:244 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:244 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.7 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774828978

ISBN - 13:9780774828970

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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