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Friendship Matters: Communication, Dialectics, and the Life Course (Communication and Social Order)

 
 
 
 
Friendship Matters: Communication, Dialectics, and the Life Course (Communication and Social Order)
Author: William K. Rawlins
ISBN 13: 9780202304045
ISBN 10: 202304043
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Aldine de Gruyter
Publication Date: 1992-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 307
List Price: $32.95
 
 

In this volume, William K. Rawlins traces and investigates the varieties, tensions, and functions of friendship for males and females throughout the life course: how they are managed communicatively, and how they infl uence and refl ect their participants' continually evolving senses of self, relationships, and community. He argues that friendship inherently involves certain dialectical tensions within the larger culture, between friends, and within and across the stages of the life cycle. He also examines notions and meanings of friendship: ethical, civic, romantic, utilitarian, and mundane.