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Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers by David Morgan

By David Morgan

The excellence among acquaintances and buddies is usually made in daily dialog however the value of this contrast is under-explored. Acquaintanceship might be understood as a kind of data of different people who lies someplace among intimates and strangers. This e-book argues that acquaintanceship is a subject invaluable of research in its personal correct and assesses the general importance of associates in past due sleek society. This attention-grabbing e-book examines the subject by means of: Exploring attainable definitions of acquaintanceship reading the most important positive aspects of acquaintanceship contemplating its nature and importance in quite a few settings Analysing diverse types of acquaintanceship - together with these in offices, neighbourhoods and among pros and their consumers - it additionally explores passing friends and more recent different types of ties reminiscent of these shaped over the net, with celebrities or perhaps fictional characters. Soundly dependent in sociological conception, the booklet assesses the level to which neighbors grants a feeling of position and defense in sleek lifestyles and the ways that they could offer us with insights, usually fleeting, into worlds except our personal. Written by way of one of many ultimate experts within the box, this booklet is essential interpreting for sociology scholars, academics and researchers, particularly these drawn to sociological thought, social interplay, the sociology of lifestyle and the sociology of intimacy.

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Indeed, it was my impression that people made somewhat exaggerated, one-sided presentations of self in order to preserve some sense of personal identity in an otherwise regimented environment. John was, allegedly, from an aristocratic background and went hunting at weekends; Glenn had been a teddy boy in Edinburgh; Steve was gay; Gary was frequently drunk; Barry was, on his account, a spectacular womanizer and so on. Within the wider context of the station, certain ‘characters’ became well known and identified.

This sense of trial and error is not simply a question of avoiding potentially divisive issues or seeking out common interests. It is also a question of the degree of openness or distance that is expected. Too much openness might store up problems for the future if relations were to cool off for some reason. Too much distance might result in one being thought snobbish or standoffish. This is not simply a question of the exchange of information and views but also of the kind of access expected to the other’s property, the degree and kind of expected visiting and entertaining.

As conscripts and other servicemen were constantly moving in and out of the different stations, there was considerable fluctuation in this wide set of acquaintances. Knowledge of these numerous acquaintances was necessarily slanted and partial although more than simply categorical. Individuals were not interchangeable. Indeed, it was my impression that people made somewhat exaggerated, one-sided presentations of self in order to preserve some sense of personal identity in an otherwise regimented environment.

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