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Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers

Cover of David Morgan's 'Acquaintances'

Cover of David Morgan’s ‘Acquaintances’

David Morgan (2009) 

The distinction between friends and acquaintances is often made in everyday conversation but the significance of the distinction is under-explored. Acquaintanceship can be understood as a form of knowledge of other people that lies somewhere between intimates and strangers.

This book argues that acquaintanceship is a topic worthy of investigation in its own right and assesses its overall significance in later modern society. Analysing different forms of acquaintanceship – including those in places of work, neighbourhoods and between professionals and their clients – it also explores passing acquaintances and newer forms of ties such as those formed over the internet, with celebrities or even fictional characters.

Soundly based in sociological theory, the book assesses the extent to which acquaintances can provide a sense of location and security in modern life and the ways in which they can provide us with insights, often fleeting, into worlds other than our own. This book offers insights into an area of social life which is frequently acknowledged but rarely analysed.

More on this book on the publisher, Open University Press, website.


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