The Space Between Intimates and Strangers
By (author) David H. J. Morgan
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Acquaintances by David H. J. Morgan
Book DescriptionThe distinction between friends and acquaintances is often made in everyday conversation but the significance of this distinction is under-explored. Acquaintanceship can be understood as a form of knowledge of other people that lies somewhere between intimates and strangers. This book argues that acquaintanceship is a topic worthy of investigation in its own right and assesses the overall significance of acquaintances in late modern society. This fascinating book examines the topic by: Exploring possible definitions of acquaintanceship Examining the key features of acquaintanceship Considering its nature and significance in a variety of settingsAnalysing different forms of acquaintanceship - including those in places of work, neighbourhoods and between professionals and their clients - it also explores passing acquaintances and newer forms of ties such as those formed over the internet, with celebrities or even fictional characters. Soundly based in sociological theory, the book assesses the extent to which acquaintances can provide a sense of location and security in modern life and the ways in which they can provide us with insights, often fleeting, into worlds other than our own. Written by one of the foremost authorities in the field, this book is key reading for sociology students, lecturers and researchers, in particular those interested in sociological theory, social interaction, the sociology of everyday life and the sociology of intimacy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335221608
(90mm x 60mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David H. J. Morgan
Rethinking Family Practices, Hardback (February 2011)
Leading family sociologist David Morgan revisits his highly influential 'family practices' approach in this new book. Exploring its impact, and how it has been critiqued, Morgan shows the continued relevance of the approach with reference to time and space, the body, emotions, ethics and work/life balance.
Researching Intimacy in Families, Hardback (August 2008)
An incisive engagement with the subject of intimacy and interpersonal relationships and the methods used to research families and personal life, this book introduces readers to contemporary conceptual and methodological frameworks for understanding intimacy and sexuality in families.
Transitions in Context, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by David H. J. Morgan
Explores cross-cultural differences, as well as the interrelationships between transitions to adulthood, the achievement of independence, and leaving home. This book is suitable for researchers, post-graduate students and final year undergraduates interested in issues related to the family, youth studies and comparative social sciences.
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Author Biography - David H. J. Morgan
David Morgan has an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Manchester and a visiting Professorship at Keele University. He has written extensively on areas to do with family sociology and the sociology of gender, with particular reference to men and masculinities and auto/biographical studies. David served as President of the British Sociological Association and had a centre at Manchester University (The Morgan Centre)named in his honour to celebrate his life-long commitment and contribution to the sociology of families and relationships.
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