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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

The Public Life of Friendship

Work, Neighbourhood and Civil Society

Authors: Wilkinson, Jennifer

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  • Contests the idea that friendship is a purely private relationship in late modern societies andargues an empirical and theoretical case for friendships in public settings
  • Examines the nature of work friendships and describes the complex overlap between thepersonal and public characteristics of work friendships
  • Explores why friendship makes us happy and what it can contribute to our public lives
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This book is about friendships in public settings today. Wilkinson examines friendships in the public settings of neighbourhoods, civil society and at work. Identifying the unique relevance which public friendships have to contemporary social problems, the chapters cover a range of topics, including work-life balance, women’s ‘double burden’ and their leisure deficit, and contemporary neighbouring initiatives. Wilkinson shows how ‘friendship time’ at work provides solutions to new social problems including privacy: with the modern workplace being hyper-public and emphasizing visibility, monitoring and 24/7 availability, friendship’s combination of voluntarism and trust enable a private refuge even in an open-plan office. The book also explores the way in which friendships in public settings like work and neighbourhood provide community to those in society who are more likely to be excluded from private familial intimacy.

The Public Life of Friendship will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of social science disciplines with an interest in friendship and the sociology of personal life.  


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Jennifer Wilkinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03161-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03160-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Public Life of Friendship
Book Subtitle
Work, Neighbourhood and Civil Society
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03161-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03161-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03160-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 266
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