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"At least with cheating there is an attempt at monogamy": Cheating and monogamism among undergraduate heterosexual men


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Anderson, E., 2010. "At least with cheating there is an attempt at monogamy": Cheating and monogamism among undergraduate heterosexual men. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27 (7), pp. 851-872.

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    Abstract

    In this qualitative research, I first use hegemony theory to describe the cultural forces that position monogamy as the only privileged form of committed sexual relationship coupling available to undergraduate heterosexual men. I then interview 40 heterosexual male students for their experience with monogamy and cheating, finding that the hegemonic mechanisms of subordination and stratification that stigmatize nonmonogamy consequently result in an absence of consideration of the problems associated with monogamy. I use cognitive dissonance theory to explain participants' desires for simultaneously wanting monogamy and nonmonogamy, calling this dissonance 'the monogamy gap.' Data suggest that participants who cheat do so not because of lost love, but instead cheating represents an attempt to rectify conflicting desires for monogamy and recreational sex.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsAnderson, E.
    DOI10.1177/0265407510373908
    Uncontrolled Keywordsrelationship, monogamism, sociology, monogamy, men, cheating
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
    Publisher StatementAnderson_JSPR_2010_27_7_851.pdf: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27(7), November 2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © Sage.; Anderson_JSPR_2010_27_7_851.doc: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27(7), November 2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © Sage.
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code21985

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