Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers by David Morgan

By David Morgan

The excellence among acquaintances and pals is frequently made in daily dialog however the importance of this contrast is under-explored. This ebook argues that acquaintanceship is a subject worthwhile of research in its personal correct and assesses the general value of neighbors in past due smooth society. entrance hide; Halftitle web page; name web page; Copyright web page; Contents; sequence editors' preface; Acknowledgements; 1 finding neighbors; 2 friends in area: neighbours; three 'Mates are usually not friends': acquaintanceship and workplaces; four relatives among execs and consumers; five Passing pals: overlapping timetables; 6 Fleeting pals in time and house; 7 far away and undesirable encounters; eight end; precis; References; identify Index; topic Index; again conceal

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This suggests that the idea of neighbourhood can be a very flexible one and may be relatively narrowly defined, consisting of ‘people like us’ or understood more broadly, consisting of numerous different groups of persons, perhaps constituting sub-communities. Thus Gans, describes the following types of ‘West Enders’ (Gans 1965: 28): the maladjusted, the middle-class mobile, the routine seekers and the action seekers. Hannertz outlines the following categories in ‘Soulside’: mainstreamers, swingers, street-families and streetcorner men’ (Hannertz 1969: 37).

I should also wish to add the stories which one may tell oneself, the inner narratives though which one attempts to make sense of where one lives and one’s location within it. This may be especially important for people who are alone, are newcomers or transients within a particular location but applies to everybody to some degree or another (Archer 2003). Embeddedness occurs through such stories and such stories are partly exchanged with acquaintances and deal with acquaintances and their locations in neighbourhoods.

Contrast the relatively loose patterns of ‘contemporary neighbourliness’ with the ‘compulsory solidarity’ of the past (Crow et al. 2002). This is in part a historical comparison with an implied reference to the classic British community studies but also reflects class differences. The suggestion here and elsewhere is that shared deprivations in terms of work (or lack of work) and income create a kind of defensive solidarity in which you come to rely on kin, friends and neighbours for support and services beyond the simple exchange of greetings.

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