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Jennifer Coates

In: Gender and Discourse

Chapter 10: Women's Friendships, Women's Talk

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Women's Friendships, Women's Talk
Women's friendships, women's talk

In this chapter I shall explore the links between gender, talk and friendship. Having friends is something most of us take for granted. This means that the things we do in order to make friends and to sustain friendship are so much part of our everyday social practice that they are pretty much invisible to us. But doing friendship is a significant accomplishment: some people find it difficult, or get it wrong; others never grasp what it means to be ‘a friend’.

Friendship, according to recent research, involves some or all of the following components: taking part in shared activities; developing a sense of trust and mutual support; being able to relax and ‘be yourself’; having your sense of ...

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