Friendship, Intimacy and Society

This module explores the role of friendship in society. Classical and contemporary sociological accounts often claim that social bonds have been eroded or that personal relationships and community have become less stable and more fluid. Sociology has focused most attention on family ties and kinship in exploring these questions. But a focus on friendship can offer new perspectives on society.

This module will ask: What does friendship mean today? What form of social bond is friendship? Has social change impacted on friendship and vice versa?