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Chapter 4: The Spatial Foundations of Men's Friendships and Men's Power

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The Spatial Foundations of Men's Friendships and Men's Power
The spatial foundations of men's friendships and men's power
DaphneSpain

Friendships seem to represent the most spontaneous of social relationships. They are established by mutual consent between two or more people and represent an attraction based on personal choice. Yet such choices are a consequence of each individual's location in the social structure. Like marriages, friendships tend to occur between people with similar social characteristics. Thus friendships are more likely to develop within (rather than across) categories of age, race, gender, education, or income (Allan, 1989).

The rigidity of the social structure within which friendship bonds are formed varies by society. Caste is an immutable facet of stratification in India, for example, while race restricts interaction more pervasively than class ...

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