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New friendship practices: caring for oneself and others in the age of individualization

By Sasha Roseneil


This paper offers some reflections on a UK-based research project which sought to investigate the practices and experiences of care and intimacy of people living at the cutting edge of individualization. Working from a psychoanalytically-informed ontology and with a psycho-social methodology, the research consisted of a qualitative longitudinal study of those who might be considered the “most individualized” – people living outside cohabiting, conjugal couple relationships. Borrowing certain notions from Queer Theory, which capture key find-ings of the project, the paper aims to return to sociology new perspectives on friendship and care under conditions of individualization

Topics: psysoc
Publisher: Hamburg Institute for Social Research
Year: 2008
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