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Men in Networks: Private Communities, Domestic Friendships1
Men in networks: Private communities, domestic friendships
BarryWellman
Friends in Community Networks

Has the movement of North American friendships from public spaces to private homes affected the nature of friendship? My approach to this question is to see how friendships among men fit within a man's personal community network of active relationships, including his ties with kinfolk, neighbors, workmates, and women friends. Instead of assuming that men belong to communities that are traditional solidary groups—such as neighborhoods, kinship groups, or cliques of buddies—I treat each man as the center of his own Ptolemaic universe (see Figure 5.1). To set in perspective the analysis of friendships between men, I compare them with other community ties, such as women's friendships, friendships between men ...

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