In Friendship, Francesco Alberoni offers a wide-ranging analysis of intimacy. Traversing disciplines, he untangles the meanings of friendship from family and friendly relations, from love and passion and the everyday experiences of coupledom. Friendship is the just relationship. Rather than based on exchange, it is an encounter between two intimates that repudiates the logics of the market, the depersonalizing norms of modern bureaucracy and the objectives of collectivities whether they be couples or social movements. Intimate and just, friendship partakes of the world while resisting its dehumanizing drift. Marrying philosophical poetics with social science sensibility, Alberoni shows that the extent to which we live up to the ideals of friendship marks our capacities to realize the republican virtues in concrete everyday life.
About the Author
Francesco Alberoni is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at San Pio V, Rome. He has published novels, monographs and numerous articles on social movements and love, including Movement and Institution (Columbia, 1984) and Falling in Love (Random House, 1983).
Table of Contents
IntroductionChapter 1 The Meanings of Friendship Chapter 2 Friendship as EncounterChapter 3 The Times of Love and FriendshipChapter 4 Friendship as Ethical Form of LoveChapter 5 Preferences, Impartiality and FriendshipChapter 6 Friendship and PowerChapter 7 Three Social StatesChapter 8 Friendship and Love’s Paradise LostChapter 9 Friendship and Group SolidarityChapter 10 Childhood, Adulthood and Friendly Company Chapter 11 Self, Friends and BenefactorsChapter 12 Eroticism and FriendshipChapter 13 Power and Ambivalence, Envy and Desire Chapter 14 Morality and the Logics of the Market and the OrganizationsChapter 15 Friendship and Creative Action Chapter 16 Spiritual FriendshipChapter 17 Familiar FriendshipChapter 18 Ideal and Reality: Brothers, Friends, CaritasBibliography