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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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Siegfried Kracauer and Friendship

Blatterer, H.

1/07/17 → …

Project: Research

  • Friendship's limits: intimacy and gender

    Blatterer, H.


    Project: Research

    Research Outputs

    Do political theorists have friends? Towards a redefinition of political friendship

    Blatterer, H., 1 Apr 2019, In : Thesis Eleven. 151, 1, p. 50-68 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Siegfried Kracauer's differentiating approach to friendship

    Blatterer, H., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Historical Sociology. 32, 2, p. 173-188 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The public life of friendship

    Blatterer, H., 12 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Sociology. 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

    An incomplete dialectics? Rosa on the good life

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article