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Friendship, Social Ties and Urban Experience

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1/05/11 → …

I'm currently carrying out a British Academy funded a project that explores the connections between urbanism and friendship with a focus on work and workplace. I'm aiming to explore friendships as forms of social ties that are not captured by (academic or popular) narratives of family or narratives of romance. Most often analysed as relationships that facilitate social capital, I'm instead thinking of friendships as forms that create spaces in particular ways (informed by urbanism) and function as ways of orienting the urban experience. This is not a social network analysis but a qualitatively-oriented project that aims to 'listen spatially' to people's experiences of friendship and to examine the forms of those socialities.