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Individuell Frigörelse: en diskursanalys av talet om att öppna upp en monogam relation

Gert, Sara LU (2020) GNVK02 20201
Department of Gender Studies
Abstract
This study explores the discourse on non-monogamy in a Swedish heterosexual context. Analysing how people speak about opening up monogamous relationships, the aim of this study is to investigate why monogamous relationships are conceived as problematic in the 21st century. By mapping out some underlying preconceptions concerning gender and concepts such as emancipation the study also aims to understand the potential connection between the discourse on non-monogamy and feminism. To explore these issues the study is based around a theoretical discussion between Anthony Giddens’ theories concerning intimacy during late modernity and Michael Foucault’s theories about discourse and power. As the analysis shows the discourse on non-monogamy... (More)
This study explores the discourse on non-monogamy in a Swedish heterosexual context. Analysing how people speak about opening up monogamous relationships, the aim of this study is to investigate why monogamous relationships are conceived as problematic in the 21st century. By mapping out some underlying preconceptions concerning gender and concepts such as emancipation the study also aims to understand the potential connection between the discourse on non-monogamy and feminism. To explore these issues the study is based around a theoretical discussion between Anthony Giddens’ theories concerning intimacy during late modernity and Michael Foucault’s theories about discourse and power. As the analysis shows the discourse on non-monogamy constructs a highly individualised view on intimacy and emancipation. Monogamy is constructed as problematic since it hinders the individual’s freedom of choice when it comes to intimacy and self-fulfillment. However, due to this individualised view the discourse on non-monogamy obscures other discursive factors that create obstacles for some individuals’ self-fulfillment due to factors such as gender. Lastly, the discourse on non-monogamy appears to have more in common with a neo-liberal and post-feminist perspective on emancipation, conceived as individual freedom of choice, rather than a feminist perspective which traditionally conceptualises emancipation in more collective terms. (Less)
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Gert, Sara LU
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GNVK02 20201
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Non-monogamy, emancipation, feminism, Anthony Giddens, Michael Foucault
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Swedish
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9024965
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  abstract     = {This study explores the discourse on non-monogamy in a Swedish heterosexual context. Analysing how people speak about opening up monogamous relationships, the aim of this study is to investigate why monogamous relationships are conceived as problematic in the 21st century. By mapping out some underlying preconceptions concerning gender and concepts such as emancipation the study also aims to understand the potential connection between the discourse on non-monogamy and feminism. To explore these issues the study is based around a theoretical discussion between Anthony Giddens’ theories concerning intimacy during late modernity and Michael Foucault’s theories about discourse and power. As the analysis shows the discourse on non-monogamy constructs a highly individualised view on intimacy and emancipation. Monogamy is constructed as problematic since it hinders the individual’s freedom of choice when it comes to intimacy and self-fulfillment. However, due to this individualised view the discourse on non-monogamy obscures other discursive factors that create obstacles for some individuals’ self-fulfillment due to factors such as gender. Lastly, the discourse on non-monogamy appears to have more in common with a neo-liberal and post-feminist perspective on emancipation, conceived as individual freedom of choice, rather than a feminist perspective which traditionally conceptualises emancipation in more collective terms.},
  author       = {Gert, Sara},
  keyword      = {Non-monogamy,emancipation,feminism,Anthony Giddens,Michael Foucault},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Individuell Frigörelse: en diskursanalys av talet om att öppna upp en monogam relation},
  year         = {2020},
}