Suspended transitions and affective orderings: From troubled monogamy to liminal polyamory

Giazú Enciso Domínguez, Joan Pujol, Johanna F. Motzkau, Miroslav Popper

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© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. While monogamy is the norm for romantic and intimate relationships in contemporary western societies, having other sexual and affective interactions alongside a monogamous relationship is a common practice. Instead of a unilateral and/or covert non-monogamy, polyamory promises a consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy. The personal transformation of normative cultural frameworks is fundamental to the experience of “becoming polyamorous.” This article explores such occasions using the notion of liminality in order to illustrate the phenomenon of “liminal hotspots.” Focusing on a specific and exemplary case describing the first stages of a polyamorous relationship, the paper explores the reordering of social formations involved. In this case, “becoming polyamorous” is expressed through a process of suspended transition where categories can be described as both/and monogamous/polyamorous and neither/nor monogamous/polyamorous.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-197
JournalTheory and Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • affect
  • affective ordering
  • liminal hotspot
  • liminality
  • monogamy
  • polyamory


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