Polygamy, Polygyny, and Polyamory


The practice of plural marriage poses ethical and legal challenges for the liberal state. Internal minorities demand the toleration of polygamous practices. Migrant groups demand recognition of polygynous marriages contracted legitimately under foreign legal regimes. Critics of monogamy ask why the state should limit recognition to dyadic relationships. Critics of marriage ask why the state should impose the terms of intimate relationships rather than allowing the parties to set these themselves.

This international conference, hosted by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law and co-sponsored by the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, explored a range of issues related to polygamy, polygyny and polyamory in the United States and around the world.

Click here to view the conference program.