Topics: Polyamory, Monogamy, Open relationship Pages: 3 (846 words) Published: June 23, 2013

BARKER, MEG. “This is my Partner, and this is my . . . Partner’s Partner: Constructing Polyamorous Identity in a Monogamous World.” Journal of Constructivist Psychology; 18.1(2005):75-88. Print.

Meg Barker is a lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a practicing psychotherapist. She is co-editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality and co-organiser of the Critical Sexology seminar series and Psychology in the Pub. Her research focuses on bisexual, polyamorous and sadomasochistic communities, identities and relationships, and she is more broadly interested in cultural ideals around relationships, gender and sexuality. This article talks about the polyamorous community, polyamory is a type of nonmonogamous relationship orientation in which it is considered acceptable to love more than one person and emphasis is placed on openness and honesty within one's relationships. In this article I draw on social constructionist and personal construct psychology perspectives to examine the ways in which polyamorous individuals construct their personal and group identities in relation to conventional monogamy and to explore the implications of polyamory for a person's own sense of self. The text is clear to read, however, it is may be needed to do extended research for some part of the article.

Block, Jenny. Open : Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Seal Press, 2009. Web. 20 Oct. 2012.

Jenny holds both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught composition for nearly ten years. She also spent time teaching at both the University of Richmond and Strayer University, writing and lecturing about teaching and learning for the Newsweek Education Program and writing academic ancillaries for Addison Wesley Longman. Jenny Block is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of regional and national publications, including American Way, Cosmopolitan, Spirit, The Dallas...
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