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Harry Blatterer's research centres on the changing meanings of friendship as an intimate relationship that is 'generative' - potentially life changing, invaluable for integration into new environments and supportive of a sense of self as well as personal change. Having outlined his sociological perspective on friendship in Everyday Friendships (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), and having translated Francesco Alberoni's seminal Friendship (Brill 2016), Harry is now embarking on expanding that research to write on intellectual, political and artistic friendships in order to understand and explain the generative potentials of this vital human relationship.

Harry is interested in supervising HDR candidates who want to pursue research in the areas of personal relationships and, more broadly, questions of privacy.



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Projects 2008 2017

Siegfried Kracauer and Friendship

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Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Friendship's limits: intimacy and gender

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Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2018

An incomplete dialectics? Rosa on the good life

Blatterer, H., 14 Jun 2018, In : Thesis Eleven. 146, 1, p. 140-147 8 p.

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Friendship, recognition and social freedom: a sociological reconstruction

Blatterer, H., 3 Jul 2018, In : Critical Horizons. 19, 3, p. 198-214 17 p.

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Siegfried Kracauer's differentiating approach to friendship

Blatterer, H., 30 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Historical Sociology.

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Siegfried Kracauer

Comment on Pascaline Lorentz's review of Everyday Friendships: Intimacy as Freedom in a Complex World, by Harry Blatterer (CS 45[6]:725-726)

Blatterer, H., 1 Mar 2017, In : Contemporary Sociology. 46, 2, p. 248-249 2 p.

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