Contact person:
Catrine Andersson
  • Centrum för sexologi och sexualitetsstudier
Responsible at Malmö University:
Catrine Andersson
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Time frame:
01 July 2017 - 31 December 2020
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About the project

The aim of the present study is to explore experiences of polyamorous family relations, focusing on three dimensions:

1) interactions within the polyamorous family, focusing on intimacy, belonging, sexuality, and equality;

2) interplays between the polyamorous family and the surrounding society, exploring social relationships and contacts with professionals in schools and welfare institutions;

3) experiences of possibilities and limitations of living outside legal regulations of couples and nuclear families.

The project is an interview study, where we have been doing individual and group interviews. We are currently working on several publications on the basis of this material, as well as continuing field work.


Andersson, C (submitted) “Drawing the line at infidelity – moral work in a Swedish context of consensual non-monogamy (CNM)”, submitted to Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Andersson, C & C Carlström (submitted) “Polytopia – Dreams, Revolutions and Crushed Hopes of Commune”, submitted to the Journal of Homosexuality

Andersson, C & C Carlström (forthcoming, 2020) “Polyamorous parenthood – risks of promiscuity and the moral order of kinship” in antology Close Relations.

Andersson, C & C Carlström (2019) “Non-monogamous parenthood: recognition and legitimacy beyond norms of coupledom”, lambda nordica, 24(2-3): 81-103.

Carlström, C & C Andersson (2019) ‘Living outside of protocol’ – Polyamorous orientations, bodies and queer temporalities, Sexuality & Culture, 23(4); 1315–1331.

Carlström, C & C Andersson (2019) “The Queer Spaces of BDSM and Non-monogamy” Positive Sexuality 5(1).

Conference paper

Andersson, C. (2020) “Drawing the line at infidelity – moral work in a Swedish context of consensual non-monogamy (CNM)” Swedish Sociological Association, March 18-20, Stockholm University, Sweden (cancelled due to Corona virus).

Andersson, C. (2018) “Parenthood beyond the norm of coupledom” Sociologidagarna, Swedish Sociological Association, March 7-9, Lund University, Sweden.

Andersson, C. (2017) ”Parenthood beyond the norm of coupledom – Negotiating legal vulnerability in a welfare state context”. Significant others – Nordic network for Research on Family and Personal Life. Oct 23-24, Lund University, Sweden.

Carlström, C (2017) BDSM and non-monogamy. Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference 2nd, 31 augusti -2 september, Wien, Österrike.