Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Elizabeth A. Suter

Keywords

Communication, Heteronormativity, Interpersonal Relationships, Monogamy, Mono-normativity, Mono-realism

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Through the lens of relational dialectics theory (RDT; Baxter, 2011), this study examines the various discourses of monogamy and works to understand how monogamy is granted power through communication. Data for the study was gathered via qualitative surveys. A contrapuntal analysis identified two competing discourses: (1) the discourse of mono-normativity and (2) the discourse of mono-realism. The discourse of mono-normativity is taken for granted as the ordinary way to conduct romantic relationships. As such, it is granted power and idealized. The discourse of mono-realism disrupts the discourse of mono-normativity, as it challenges the idealization of monogamous romantic relationships. The discourses were fraught with discursive struggle; however, they also combined to create a new way of animating the meaning of monogamy.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Stephanie K Webb

File size

70 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication

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