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Elizabeth A. Suter, Ph.D.
Communication, Heteronormativity, Interpersonal relationships, Monogamy, Mono-normativity, Mono-realism
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.
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Webb, Stephanie K., "Dialogic Constructions of Monogamy: The Discursive Struggles of Mono-Normativity and Mono-Realism" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 693.
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Stephanie K Webb