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Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships

Geoffrey Greif

Abstract

Much has been made of the complex social arrangements that girls and women navigate, but little scholarly or popular attention has focused on what friendship means to men. Drawing on in-depth interviews with nearly 400 men and 125 women, the author takes readers on a guided tour of male friendships, explaining what makes them work, why they are vital to the health of individuals and communities, and how to build the kinds of friendships that can lead to longer and happier lives. The interviews with women help map the differences in what men and women seek from friendships and what, if anything ... More

Keywords: men, male friendships, masculinity, casual acquaintances, stress, conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326420
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Greif, author
University of Maryland School of Social Work