Princeton University Library Catalog

Everyday friendships : intimacy as freedom in a complex world / Harry Blatterer, Macquarie University, Australia.

Author:
Blatterer, Harry [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2015]
  • ©2015
Description:
xii, 219 pages ; 22 cm
Series:
Palgrave Macmillan studies in family and intimate life. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Everyday Friendships conceptualizes the lived experience of intimacy in a world in which the meaning of love and friendship is increasingly unclear. Drawing on such thinkers as Simmel and Kracauer, Elias, Goffman, Luhmann, and Honneth, the book charts modern intimacy and the freedom it offers. This freedom is made visible not only in friendship's resistance to commodification and to integration into the therapeutic temper of our times, but also in its potential to generate changed perception of self and new life trajectories. There are, however, persisting challenges. Gendered assumptions continue to orient personal relationships, and limit the freedom of intimacy in everyday relationships of care and affection, and so demand reflection. For, if friendship - arguably the freest of all personal relationships - is limited by gendered power, gender divisions do their work not only in the unequal distribution of public opportunities but also in private relationships of trust that aim to realize care, affection, and respect. Everyday Friendships thus demonstrates that the 'small world' of dyads - relationships between two - can offer insights into deeply entrenched dynamics of power in the world at large. -- from back cover.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-214) and index.
Contents:
Introduction -- Modernity, intimacy, and friendship -- Friends, friendship, and sociology -- Love, friendship, and freedom -- Friendship, intimacy, and the self -- Gender and the love-friendship paradox -- The love-friendship paradox and cross-sex friendship -- Conclusion: friendship's embedded freedom -- Notes -- References.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780230272521
  • 0230272525
LCCN:
2014029672
OCLC:
884298844
Other standard number:
  • 40024466770
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