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Gendering friendship: couple culture, heteronormativity and the production of gender

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Gendering friendship : couple culture, heteronormativity and the production of gender. / Cronin, Anne.

In: Sociology, Vol. 49, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 1167-1182.

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title = "Gendering friendship: couple culture, heteronormativity and the production of gender",
abstract = "This article draws on interview material to analyse the ways in which heterosexual {\textquoteleft}couple practices{\textquoteright} interface with friendship practices (outside the couple). Focusing on the qualitative detail of participants{\textquoteright} experiences of friendship and of coupledom, I analyse the relationalities of gender, heterosexualities and friendship. Rather than focusing on gender as a variable in friendship variance, I examine the ways in which friendships {\textquoteright}do{\textquoteright} gender and heterosexualities. In this dynamic, intimacy is practiced by participants as a zero sum game and its distribution is strongly bounded. I argue that this distribution acts to create and reinforce boundaries of {\textquoteleft}friendship{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}sexual couple{\textquoteright} bonds, and I examine the implications of these findings for analysing the relational qualities of the friendship tie.",
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