Published: Power Mechanisms of Jealousy

I recently had an essay published in an academic anthology on nonmonogamy, Understanding Non-Monogamies. The piece describes the basic mechanisms of power around jealousy, in a similar manner to my earlier paper on jealousy and control. I also spend some time describing the various strategies that polyamorous people use to defuse jealousy. This is the second time I have been published in an anthology, the first was a treatment of cheating and power focusing on polyamory.

My essay is short, only six pages, due to editorial limits. Those of you who read this blog know that six pages is barely enough space for me to clear my throat, but I did manage to condense a lot of analysis into that space, much of which is new thinking on my part. At some point in the future I will do a rewrite and post a longer version here.

The upside to short articles is that the book manages to cram twenty-six pieces by academics and community thinkers into a three hundred page tome that promises to be the academic anthology on nonmonogamy. It is absolutely mandatory reading for anyone with a scholarly interest in the subject. In addition to a number of works on polyamory, it includes articles on swinging, queer nonmonogamy, nonmonogamy in young women, and so on. The approaches vary from hard science (mostly interview-based sociology) to literature review or theoretical pieces.

I would like to send a big thank you out to my editor, Meg Barker of UK poly psychologist fame, both for including me and then working through revisions.

As Understanding Non-Monogamies is targeted at the textbook market, it is unfortunately expensive, with prices starting at $85. The price may go down in the future, but it will be a while. The cheaper places to buy the book are Amazon and Psychology Press, and the latter has a listing of chapter titles.

Those of you who are interested in this new anthology should also check out an old one, the Sexualities journal special issue on polyamory. At the website, you can either buy the individual articles in electronic format or call SAGE to order a cheaper back print issue.

Update: Bitsy pointed out in comments that libraries are very responsive to requests to purchase a particular book. So, if you are not up for springing for the high cost of this book, consider recommending it to your local library. In particular it would be a great book for inclusion at university libraries, since students frequently try to do papers on nonmonogamy and then end up baffled by the glaring lack of accessible research papers on the subject. (And then they post requests on polyamory forums, which is how I know this.)