Placing Friendship in Context

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Personal relationships have long been of central interest to social scientists, but the subject of friendship has been relatively neglected. Moreover, most studies of friendship have been social psychological. Placing Friendship in Context is a unique collection bridging social psychological and social structural research to advance understanding of this important subject. In it, some of the world's leading researchers explore the social and historical contexts in which friendships and other similar informal ties...
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Overview

Personal relationships have long been of central interest to social scientists, but the subject of friendship has been relatively neglected. Moreover, most studies of friendship have been social psychological. Placing Friendship in Context is a unique collection bridging social psychological and social structural research to advance understanding of this important subject. In it, some of the world's leading researchers explore the social and historical contexts in which friendships and other similar informal ties develop and how it is that these contexts shape the form and substance the relationships assume.
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"Placing Friendships in Context is a provocative addition to the sociological literature....it provides a fresh look at an essential building block of social life." Stephanie Potter, CJS Online

"Placing Friendships in Context is a provocative addition to the sociological literature....it provides a fresh look at an essential building block of social life." CJS Online

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Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Contextualising friendship 1
2 The modernisation of friendship: individualism, intimacy, and gender in the nineteenth century 18
3 The gendered contexts of inclusive intimacy: the Hawthorne women at work and home 43
4 Friendship and the private sphere 71
5 Rich friendships, affluent friends: middle-class practices of friendship 92
6 Women's friendships in a post-modern world 117
7 Foci of activity as changing contexts for friendship 136
8 The demise of territorial determinism: online friendships 153
9 Reflections on context 183
Index 195
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