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Title: One at a Time: LGBTQ Polyamory and Relational Citizenship in the 21st Century
Authors: Santos, Ana Cristina 
Keywords: INTIMATE; LGBTQ polyamory; Portugal; Relational citizenship; Relational performativity; Southern Europe
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2019
Publisher: SAGE
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/338452/EU 
Serial title, monograph or event: Sociological Research Online
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Abstract: Drawing on biographic narrative interviews with self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer polyamorous people in Portugal, this article explores the contradictions and opportunities involved in living as a relationally diverse LGBTQ intimate citizen in Southern Europe. The article starts by unpacking citizenship in relation to dominant sociolegal expectations around monogamy. In this section, it is suggested that the mononormative underpinnings of law and social policy restrain intimate citizenship. The second part of the article explores the legal and cultural meanings attached to coupledom, suggesting the notion of relational performativity as an analytical tool for interpreting cultural norms and expectations around partnering. The last section discusses citizenship and coupledom in light of the biographic narratives produced by LGBTQ polyamorous participants in the INTIMATE study in Portugal. Based on thematic analysis of these narratives, it is argued that the framework of intimate citizenship is not fixed, and the notion of relational citizenship is offered. Arguably, relational citizenship enables a gradual detachment from the strictly monogamous underpinnings of citizenship studies, hence offering an opportunity for further intellectual engagement with intimacy and diversity in the 21st century.
ISSN: 1360-7804
DOI: 10.1177/1360780419874080
Rights: embargoedAccess
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