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Walter L. Williams

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Chapter 10: The Relationship Between Male-Male Friendship and Male-Female Marriage: American Indian and Asian Comparisons

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The Relationship Between Male-Male Friendship and Male-Female Marriage: American Indian and Asian Comparisons
The relationship between male-male friendship and male-female marriage: American Indian and Asian comparisons
WalterL.Williams

Very often popular critics complain about problems of alienation resulting from men's inability to develop intimate friendships. Humans, like other social animals, need and want intimacy, yet many men feel an inability to express that part of their being freely. This lack of close friendships is decried by many (see, for example, Brod, 1987; Franklin, 1984; Kilgore, 1984; Kimmel & Messner, 1989; Miller, 1983; Pleck & Pleck, 1980). Yet suggestions for change are inevitably greeted with a chorus of disbelievers who dismiss such relationships among men as being Utopian, unrealistic, or even “unnatural.” Given our observation of the way most ...

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