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Dreaming of Compassion: Technology, Polyamory, and Social Justice - PAC2011

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Published on Oct 15, 2011

At the 8th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, maymay proposes that compassion and social justice become the blueprint for a new American Dream. Weaving together disparate threads from history, technology, economics, and social change ideologies, he argues that non-monogamous culture is a critical component of a social infrastructure composed of a "literal social network of compassion-moving devices," or people who care about each other, their fellow living creatures, and the environment we all live in.

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Polyamory, Monogamy, Activism & Social Change: Paradigms of Power & Praxis in Everyday Intimacy

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Monogamy and the "traditional family" are "under attack," as the expansion of "marriage rights" brings polygamy and polyamory more into the public eye. But is something amiss with the very idea of "extending rights?" What is the relationship between "policy" and "culture?" How do our social imaginaries of romance, intimacy, kinship, and selfhood relate to the state, capitalism, and "the public sphere?" Should a radical praxis of "relating differently" be a part of engagement with social change? This panel explores the nexus of power and agency in the practice of everyday human relationships: love-ownership and jealousy; hegemonic monogamy and family law; performance of patriarchy, gender, race, and class dynamics in dating and sexuality; and the fetishization of intimacy as a scarce commodity.

TRANSCRIPT AND DOWNLOADABLE PRESENTATION SLIDES: http://maybemaimed.com/2011/10/16/dre...

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