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The HingeCivil Society, Group Cultures, and the Power of Local Commitments$
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Gary Alan Fine

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226745527

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226745831.001.0001

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Friendship and the Politics of Sociability

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The Hinge

Gary Alan Fine

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Two, Relations, asserts that social order depends on the reality that people know each other in ways that produce mutual concern. Community relies on emotional connections and patterns of interpersonal selection. Often this involves friendship, but occasionally enmity as well. How do friendship and sociability create good citizens and, through them, the good society? How does hatred and resentment produce a politics of trouble? These relations allow for a nexus of public relationships, creating civil society. Of course, friendships also occur in undemocratic spaces, but, in such cases, they are often transacted outside a public sphere in secluded, hidden arbors such as kitchens and hearths (Goldfarb 2006; Scott 1998). Hatreds and betrayals can be more public in harsh political realms, but these are not my focus here.

Keywords:   friendship, relations, sociability, elites

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