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Men's Friendships

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February 1992 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Current and much-needed, this book offers an analysis of the social forces which shape the way friendship is organized. Through varying perspectives, contributors show that a variation exists within--as well as between--the genders. They focus on diversity in men's friendships, and how men develop and maintain friendships with other men and women. Part I focuses on philosophical and historical questions; Part II illustrates the strong connection between social structure and men's friendships; and the final chapters consider cultural diversity. Men's Friendships reorganizes existing knowledge and introduces fresh perspectives within the framework of men's studies. This volume is sure to stimulate debate, raise questions, and offer suggestions for future research. "A very interesting collection, particularly those on black men's relationships--where the author compares working class and middle class black American men's relationships--a history of friendship and the changing nature of men's intimacy and power, and intimacy and sexuality in male athletes' friendships." --Working with Men "Theory and research on men's studies are alive and well, and Peter Nardi's edited book, Men's Friendships, is a significant contribution to this literature. The book not only provides a useful account of how men develop and maintain their friendships, it introduces a variety of rigorous approaches (historical, sociological, and cross-cultural) to examine this topic." --Journal of Men's Studies "Provides a thought-provoking, multifaceted look at how men handle friendship under a variety of conditions. . . . Some of the authors present data-based research findings; others give reflective integrative essays. General readers, undergraduate students, and above." --Choice "Theory and research on men's studies are alive and well, and Peter Nardi's edited book, Men's Friendships, is a significant contribution to this literature. The book not only provides a useful account of how men develop and maintain their friendships, it introduces a variety of rigorous approaches (historical, sociological, and cross-cultural) to examine this topic. . . . Men's Friendships is not only an important contribution to men's studies, it is necessary reading for anyone interested in studying friendships." --The Journal of Men's Studies "Overall, this book demonstrates the vitality of research and theory on men's friendships. Men's Friendships is not only an important contribution to men's studies, it is necessary reading for anyone interested in studying relationships." --Personal Relationships Issues "The anthology . . . provides an excellent overview of the permutations of men's friendships. It is both tightly organized and wide ranging, a particularly difficult accomplishment for a collection. . . . Men's Friendships is one of the most interesting additions to the growing friendship literature. It significantly opens up the debate over gender differences in friendship--both within and between genders." --Masculinities

Peter M Nardi
`Seamless Souls'
An Introduction to Men's Friendships  
 
PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES ON MEN'S FRIENDSHIPS
Victor J Seidler
Rejection, Vulnerability, and Men's Friendships
Karen V Hansen
`Our Eyes Behold Each Other'
Masculinity and Intimate Friendship in Antebellum New England  
 
PART TWO: FRIENDSHIP AND SOCIAL STRUCTURAL VARIATIONS
Daphne Spain
The Spatial Foundations of Men's Friendships and Men's Power
Barry Wellman
Men in Networks
Private Communities, Domestic Friendships  
Theodore F Cohen
Men's Families, Men's Friends
A Structural Analysis of Constraints on Men's Social Ties  
Helen M Reid and Gary Alan Fine
Self-Disclosure in Men's Friendships
Variations Associated with Intimate Relations  
Scott O Swain
Men's Friendships with Women
Intimacy, Sexual Boundaries, and the Informant Role  
 
PART THREE: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN MEN'S FRIENDSHIPS
Peter M Nardi
Sex, Friendship, and Gender Roles Among Gay Men
Walter L Williams
The Relationship Between Male-Male Friendship and Male-Female Marriage
American Indian and Asian Comparisons  
Clyde W Franklin II
`Hey Home - Yo Bro'
Friendship Among Black Men  
Michael A Messner
Like Family
Power, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Male Athletes' Friendships  

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