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Lynn C. Spangler

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Chapter 7: Buddies and Pals: A History of Male Friendships on Prime-Time Television

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Buddies and Pals: A History of Male Friendships on Prime-Time Television
Buddies and pals: A history of male friendships on prime-time television
LynnC.Spangler

The reputation of male friendships has changed throughout history. Many would agree today that men bond in war zones, on playing fields, and in bars; however, most research indicates that men are not emotionally intimate with each other, an aspect of friendship that is characteristic among women friends. According to L. Rubin (1985), the current lack of closeness in most male friendships is quite a change from the past, when men's relationships were supposedly models of support and love.

While a variety of written documents has been used to enhance our understanding of friendships in the distant past, O’Connor (1983) says now “historians can find in ...

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