Unlikely Friends

Unlikely Friends
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Bridging Ties and Diverse Friendships
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461634645
Veröffentl:
2010
Seiten:
252
Autor:
James A. Vela-McConnell
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Past research on diverse friendships has focused on how rare they are while the research presented here focuses on the successes of the few. This monograph traces the process by which friends overcome the social differences between them, starting with an in-depth look at friendship and friendship patterns in our society, how these boundaries shape the friendships themselves, how opportunities to establish such friendships are structured, and the interpersonal techniques for managing social differences.
There are those individuals who have established deep, lasting relationships with others from very different backgrounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Research indicates that such friendships are a relatively rare phenomenon. While many study the reasons for this pattern, the research presented here focuses on the successes of the few: 'How have you broken down the social distance between you and bridged the social distance that separates you?' This monograph traces the process by which people overcome the differences between them, starting with an in-depth look at friendship and friendship patterns in our society, how these boundaries shape the friendships themselves, how opportunities to establish such friendships are structured, and the interpersonal techniques for managing social differences. The book concludes with a consideration of how such friendships can shape the future of society.
Chapter 1 Preface: Some of My Best Friends
Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Friendship and the Fabric of Society

Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Structuring Friendship Opportunities

Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Social Boundaries in the Context of Friendship

Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Interpersonal Techniques for Managing Social Boundaries

Chapter 6 Chapter 5: "Bridging the Gap" Through Friendship

Chapter 7 Afterword: "Some of My Best Friends Are . . ."

8 Appendix A: Researching Friendship Diversity

9 Appendix B: Friendship Pairs

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