Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers by David Morgan

By David Morgan

The excellence among pals and associates is usually made in daily dialog however the value of this contrast is under-explored. This booklet argues that acquaintanceship is a subject useful of research in its personal correct and assesses the final importance of associates in past due glossy society. entrance disguise; Halftitle web page; identify web page; Copyright web page; Contents; sequence editors' preface; Acknowledgements; 1 finding buddies; 2 buddies in house: neighbours; three 'Mates will not be friends': acquaintanceship and workplaces; four family among pros and consumers; five Passing associates: overlapping timetables; 6 Fleeting buddies in time and house; 7 far away and undesirable encounters; eight end; precis; References; identify Index; topic Index; again conceal

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I lived in a variety of billets housing from between four to about twenty airmen. I would say that I had relatively few friends (probably just one or two close friends) but a large number of acquaintances, not simply from among my co-residents in the billets but also where I worked, the canteen and the NAAFI, through my involvement in church activities and a musical appreciation group. As conscripts and other servicemen were constantly moving in and out of the different stations, there was considerable fluctuation in this wide set of acquaintances.

The fact that your neighbours might appear to be broadly compatible in terms of considerations to do with social class, ethnicity, age and life course and so on does not mean that they will be good neighbours. The popularity of television programmes dealing with ‘neighbours from hell’ bears witness to this anxiety. While students or young people in shared accommodation might vet prospective housemates, this is rarely possible in terms of other residential arrangements. This also means that becoming a neighbour is a process that begins at the time of initial arrival and can continue for some period afterwards.

Many West Enders had known each other for years if only as acquaintances who greeted each other on the street’ (p. 15). However, it would be wrong to minimize the importance of this kind of knowledge. As Stokoe points out, this knowledge can be quite extensive even if you do not know the other person’s name (Stokoe 2006). It does not take long to know whether your neighbour has some form of regular employment outside the home, whether there is a partner or children, whether they have pets, go to church on a regular basis or spend a lot of time on the garden.

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