New Social Ties: Contemporary Connections in a Fragmented by Deborah Chambers

By Deborah Chambers

This publication explores new social ties and varieties of intimate bonding. Social and private relationships are being profoundly reworked by means of altering existence caused through perceived crises in relations, group, paintings and rest, and by way of advancements in worldwide media applied sciences. Are friendships now being authenticated as non-hierarchical and versatile? Deborah Chambers attracts on debates in social, feminist and queer conception to evaluate rising perform, values and representations approximately friendship as family members of strength, identification and resistance. The publication recenters own relationships inside of social and cultural thought.

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The individual of industrialised, technological society was conceived as an uprooted, confused and amorphous self, contrasting sharply with the stability of past traditional society. In traditional communities, people grew up and died in the same place, had fixed identities, worked with the same people throughout their lives and were circumscribed by rigid social hierarchies. Lasch’s (1979) pessimistic reading of individual agency Freedom and Choice in Personal Relationships 35 is marked by anxieties about the shortcomings of the individual and the kind of society producing it.

For example, under a section on health tips in the March 2004 issue of OK! Magazine that reports the gossip and rumour about the lives of celebrities, a book called Reinvent Yourself by Fiona Harrold is advertised. The accompanying comment is: It’s never too late to make changes to make things happen, according to life coach Fiona Harrold. 99, Piatkus), she explains the seven steps that will help you achieve your life-goals. ’ (OK! Magazine, March 2000, p. 124). The front cover of the book shown in the column has the following caption written beneath the title: ‘7 STEPS TO A FRESH NEW YOU’.

Indeed, the telling and sharing of secrets becomes a strategy of loyalty (Pahl, 2000). In this insecure environment, friendship between lovers comes to have profound meaning as a support mechanism and nurturing system for the inner self. Although intense intimate relationships can be non-sexual, today’s preoccupation with the body and sexual pleasure is central to the construction of the self and the pure relationship, ensuring the priority given to sex within the intimate relationship. Resonating with Aristotle’s perspective, friendship is now conceptualised as an ideal relationship, emphasising attributes regarded as egalitarian: respect, mutual disclosure and companionship.

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