Friendship's Indecencies

Reflections On Maria Markus's 'Lovers and Friends' and 'Decent and/or Civil Society'

Harry Blatterer*

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This essay brings together some lines of thought contained in Maria Markus's ‘Lovers and Friends’ (2010) and ‘Decent Society and/or Civil Society?’ (2001), and, on that basis, explores possibilities for thinking about friendship in the context of contemporary social change. I begin by situating current problems concerning the semantics of friendship in their historical trajectory. I then go on to elaborate friendship's ‘normative flexibility’, that is, its relative immunity to reifying societal pressures. Finally, I reflect upon the connexions between friendship's normative particularities and Markus's elaboration of ‘decency’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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