Poly Economics—Capitalism, Class, and Polyamory

  • Christian KlesseEmail author


Academic research and popular writing on nonmonogamy and polyamory has so far paid insufficient attention to class divisions and questions of political economy. This is striking since research indicates the significance of class and race privilege within many polyamorous communities. This structure of privilege is mirrored in the exclusivist construction of these communities. The article aims to fill the gap created by the silence on class by suggesting a research agenda which is attentive to class and socioeconomic inequality. The paper addresses relevant research questions in the areas of intimacy and care, household formation, and spaces and institutions and advances an intersectional perspective which incorporates class as nondispensable core category. The author suggests that critical research in the field can stimulate critical self-reflexive practice on the level of community relations and activism. He further points to the critical relevance of Marxist and Postmarxist theories as important resources for the study of polyamory and calls for the study of the contradictions within poly culture from a materialist point of view.


Polyamory Nonmonogamy Intimacy Households Class Capitalism 



I am grateful to Chiara Addis, Jon Binnie, and Susie Jacobs, who have given me important feedback and stimulating ideas after reading previous drafts of this article.


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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