By Deborah Chambers
This ebook explores new social ties and different types of intimate bonding. Social and private relationships are being profoundly reworked via altering existence caused via perceived crises in kinfolk, group, paintings and rest, and by way of advancements in international media applied sciences. Are friendships now being authenticated as non-hierarchical and versatile? Deborah Chambers attracts on debates in social, feminist and queer conception to evaluate rising perform, values and representations approximately friendship as family members of strength, identification and resistance. The booklet recenters own relationships inside of social and cultural concept.
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Its growth and popularity exemplifies not only the dilemmas of the ‘cash rich and time poor’ as a key feature of modern urban culture, 40 New Social Ties but also the atomised nature of interaction in urban environments. It can be interpreted as a fun activity, yet also as a sign of a profoundly fragmented and superficial society, exacerbated by a ‘long-hours’ culture and lack of meaningful contexts for young people to meet beyond the frantic urban club scene. Troubled by the social implications of this kind of vulgar interpretation of freedom and choice in personal relationships, scholars such as American anthropologist Walter Williams (1992: 193) ask whether people can ‘live comfortably with the uncertainty of not knowing how long their partnership will last’.
Friends were seen as significant only at distinctive transitional phases of life such as when a marital partner is lost or not yet found. Parsons saw peer friendship as important mainly to young people, providing psychological support only during an intermediary period of the life cycle towards adulthood. He implied that this source of psychological support is closed down as peers get absorbed into marriage arrangements (Parsons, 1964a). Importantly, then, friendship functioned as a model relationship and a modernising impulse to cement the relationship between husband and wife.
This insecurity also provokes the desire Freedom and Choice in Personal Relationships 37 for an intensification of the bonds between parents and children, prompted by the search for a permanent bond of affection with ones’ offspring, according to Beck and Beck-Gernsheim (1995). Giddens places less emphasis on affection for ones’ children, asserting the centrality of sex and romantic love to the modern intimate relationship and to self-identity. For Giddens (1992), romantic love holds a privileged position within the project of the self.
New Social Ties: Contemporary Connections in a Fragmented Society by Deborah Chambers