Friendship Matters Communication, Dialectics and the Life Course
In this volume, Dr. Rawlins traces and investigates the varieties, tensions, and functions of friendship for males and females throughout the life course. Using both conceptual and illustrative chapters, the book portrays the degrees of involvement, choice, risk, ambivalence, and ambiguity within friendships, and explores the emotional texture of interactions among friends. A concluding section examines the prospects for friendship in the course of our post-modern blurring of public and private domains and discursive sites.
Introduction 1 A Dialectical Perspective on Communication in Friendship 2 Childhood Friendships 3 Illustrative Analysis: Children's Interaction in Friendships 4 Adolescent Friendships 5 Illustrative Analysis: Quandaries of Adolescent 6 Young Adult Friendships 7 Illustrative Analysis: The Communicative Management of Young Adult Friendships 8 Adult Friendships 9 Illustrative Analysis: Circumstances of Adult Friendships 10 Friendships During Later Adulthood 11 Illustrative Analysis: Patterns of Friendship in Later Life