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Sam and Keith Forms of Polygamy
Forms of Polygamy
► Polygyny ► Polyandry ► Group Marriage
► Bigamy ► Trigamy ► Serial Monogamy Polygyny Polygyny ► when a man is either married to or involved in sexual relationships with a number of different females at one time. ► This is the most common form of polygamy. Polygyny is practiced in a traditional sense in many Middle East and African cultures and countries today, including South Africa and most of Southern and Central Africa Polyandry Polyandry ► Polandry is a breeding practice where a woman has more than one male sexual partner simultaneously. Fraternal polyandry was traditionally practiced among nomadic Tibetans including Nepal and parts of China, where it meant that two or more brothers share the same wife, with her having equal sexual access to them. ► Polyandry is believed to be more likely in societies with scarce environmental resources, as it is believed to limit human population growth and enhance child survival. A woman can only have so many children in her life time, no matter how many husbands she has. Bigamy
► Bigamy is when one individual is married to two people at the same time and at least one of the marriages is a legal marriage. Group marriage Group marriage ► where more than one man and more than one woman form a single family unit, and all members of the marriage share parental responsibility for any children arising from the marriage. Trigamy
► In 17th19th Century England, Trigamy referred to someone who had three spouses at the same time.
► In the modern legal perspective, trigamy is viewed as two counts of bigamy. Serial Monogamy
► Serial Monogamy is characterized by a series of longterm, exclusive sexual relationships entered into consecutively over the lifespan.
In common uses, partners don’t need to be married, but there is never more than 1 partner at a time.
This behavior is variant of monogamy, in which a given individual has only one sexual partner throughout life.
This behavior is sometimes referred to as a form of, or replacement for, polygamy. However, this practice inherently excludes the practice of having multiple simultaneous sexual partners. ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Northern Virginia Community College.
- Fall '07