Relationship anarchy

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Relationship anarchy (sometimes abbreviated RA) is the application of anarchist principles to intimate relationships. Its values include autonomy, anti-hierarchical practices, lack of state control, anti-normativity, and community interdependence.[1] RA can be considered a type of non-monogamy, but moreso is explicitly anti-mononormativity. This is distinct from polyamory, solo poly, swinging, and other forms of “dating”, which may include structures such as amatonormativity, de facto hierarchy of intimate relationships, and autonomy-limiting rules.[2]


Andie Nordgren coined the term relationship anarchy[3] in her 2006 essay "The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy" that she translated from the original Swedish "Relationsanarki i 8 punkter". Swedish masters and bachelor theses by Jacob Strandell[4] and Ida Midnattssol[5] explored related themes. Other relevant writings exploring this topic within a similar time frame include "A Green Anarchist Project on Freedom" and "Love and Against the Couple Form".

Workshops at OpenCon 2010 discussed relationship anarchy,[6] and the Open University professor Dr. Meg Barker discussed it in a 2013 presentation.[7] In March 2020, the first book dedicated monographically to RA was published, so far only in Spanish: "Anarquía Relacional. La revolución desde los vínculos".[8]

See also


  1. "The Difference Between Relationship Anarchy and Non-Hierarchical Polyamory". Relationship Anarchy (in English). Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  2. De las Heras Gómez, Roma (2018-12-20). "Thinking Relationship Anarchy from a Queer Feminist Approach". Sociological Research Online. SAGE Publications. 24 (4): 644–660. doi:10.1177/1360780418811965. ISSN 1360-7804. S2CID 220124663.
  3. Nordgren, Andie. "The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy", Andie's Log, July 6, 2012.
  4. Strandell, Jacob (Spring 2012). On the Possibilities and Impossibilities of Love: Mapping the discursive field of love-relationships, its components, conflicts and challenges (PDF) (Masters). Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences.
  5. Midnattssol, Ida (January 1, 2013). Ett relationsanarkistiskt ställningstagande - en undersökning av subjektspositionering inom relationsanarki – via
  6. "So what's OpenCon all about, then? | Polytical". 2013-12-03. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  7. "Rewriting the Rules of Relationships". (in English). Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  8. Pérez Cortés, Juan Carlos. (2020). Anarquía relacional : la revolución desde los vínculos. Madrid: La Oveja Roja. ISBN 978-84-16227-33-4. OCLC 1176250441.