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Placing Friendship in Context

Placing Friendship in Context


Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Rebecca G. Adams, Graham Allan, Stacey J. Oliker, Stephen R. Marks, Kaeren Harrison, Pat O'Connor, Scott Feld, William C. Carter
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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521585897


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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 develop and how it is that these contexts shape the form and substance the relationships assume. Together, they demonstrate that friendship cannot be understood from individualistic or dyadic perspectives alone, but is a relationship significantly influenced by the environment in which it is generated. By analysing the ways in which friendships articulate with the social structures in which they are embedded, Placing Friendship in Context redescribes such personal relationships at both the macro and the micro level.

    • Unique in examining friendship as a social/cultural phenomenon and not just a personal relationship
    • Compares patterns of friendship across history, culture, gender and age differences
    • Contributors are leading international researchers
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    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521585897
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Contextualising friendship Rebecca G. Adams and Graham Allan
    2. The modernization of friendship: individualism, intimacy, and gender in the nineteenth century Stacey J. Oliker
    3. The gendered contexts of inclusive intimacy: the Hawthorne women at work and home Stephen R. Marks
    4. Friendship and the private sphere Graham Allan
    5. Rich friendships, affluent friendships: middle-class practices of friendship Kaeren Harrison
    6. Women's friendships in a post-modern world Pat O'Connor
    7. Foci of activity as changing contexts of friendship Scott Feld and William C. Carter
    8. The demise of territorial determinism: online friendships Rebecca G. Adams
    9. Reflections on context Graham Allan and Rebecca G. Adams.

  • Editors

    Rebecca G. Adams, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

    Graham Allan, University of Southampton


    Rebecca G. Adams, Graham Allan, Stacey J. Oliker, Stephen R. Marks, Kaeren Harrison, Pat O'Connor, Scott Feld, William C. Carter

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