Introduction Chapter one: What is Friendship?;.
Chapter Two: Friendship, Modernity and Trust;.
Chapter Three; Friendship and the Self;.
Chapter Four: Friendship in Context,.
Chapter Five: Social Support, Social Capital and the Politics of Friendship.
More Detailed References.
'Pahl, a warmly readable sociologist, muses over ideas of friendship found in thinkers such as Aristotle, La Rochefoucauld and Hume, and also those implied in literature and modern fiction. In a rather lovely image, he sees our set of friends as a "social convoy" that helps us on our way through life.' Steven Poole, The Guardian
"What differentiates this book from other recent research and writing on friendship is that Pahl account of, and approach to, friendship is wide-ranging and unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries. The different literatures and traditions covered in this slim volume highlight the many sources from which information on friendship can be gained, including media commentary and analysis, psychological and philosophical literature and political and social theory." British Journal of Sociology