This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Introducing the New Kid on the Block: Polyamory

Introducing the New Kid on the Block: Polyamory

Introducing the new kid on the block: polyamory
Stefan F. Ossmann


In this chapter, polyamory is understood as a consensual relationship between more than two people based on emotional love and intimate acts over a longer period of time. In the following, I will illustrate how this definition was identified. The first section makes a distinction between polyamory and related but different forms of non-monogamy, with a caveat that indicates that how we understand the topic is determined by our global northern perspective. In the second part, historical aspects of polyamory are covered briefly, followed by a diagram with data illustrating the rise of poly(amory) research. The third section presents various attempts ...

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