Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers by David Morgan

By David Morgan

The excellence among neighbors and pals is frequently made in daily dialog however the value of this contrast is under-explored. Acquaintanceship could be understood as a sort of data of different people who lies someplace among intimates and strangers. This booklet argues that acquaintanceship is a subject priceless of research in its personal correct and assesses the final importance of friends in past due sleek society. This attention-grabbing e-book examines the subject through: Exploring attainable definitions of acquaintanceship studying the major positive factors of acquaintanceship contemplating its nature and value in quite a few settings Analysing diverse varieties of acquaintanceship - together with these in offices, neighbourhoods and among execs and their consumers - it additionally explores passing associates and more recent different types of ties corresponding to these shaped over the net, with celebrities or maybe fictional characters. Soundly dependent in sociological idea, the ebook assesses the level to which associates supplies a feeling of position and safety in sleek existence and the ways that they could offer us with insights, frequently fleeting, into worlds except our personal. Written by way of one of many most effective experts within the box, this publication is vital analyzing for sociology scholars, academics and researchers, particularly these attracted to sociological conception, social interplay, the sociology of way of life and the sociology of intimacy.

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Indeed, it is sometimes possible to argue that class identity emerges from a sense of difference from one’s neighbours as much as from a sense of identity with them: ‘In a middle class community then, people of working class culture stay close to home and make the house a haven against a hostile outside world’ (Gans 1967: 27). In this recently constructed community of Levittown, the working-class minority may look upon the social life and community activity of the middle-class majority and conclude that this is not for them.

Living arrangements may, of course, include intimates as well as acquaintances. Indeed more traditional understandings of ‘community’ will concentrate on networks of family, kin and friends rather than acquaintances who may either be ignored or subsumed within the more general idea of community. Again, my concern here is with those others who tend to be marginalized or ignored within the community study tradition but who may, in different ways, contribute to a sense of community living. I need to provide some working definitions here.

Indeed more traditional understandings of ‘community’ will concentrate on networks of family, kin and friends rather than acquaintances who may either be ignored or subsumed within the more general idea of community. Again, my concern here is with those others who tend to be marginalized or ignored within the community study tradition but who may, in different ways, contribute to a sense of community living. I need to provide some working definitions here. In talking about ‘neighbourhood’ I am talking about a locality which has some kind of meaning for the participants.

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