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    New friendship practices: caring for oneself and others in the age of individualization

    Roseneil, Sasha (2008) New friendship practices: caring for oneself and others in the age of individualization. Mittelweg36 17 (3), pp. 55-70. ISSN 0941-6382.

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    Abstract

    This paper offers some reflections on a UK-based research project which sought to investigate the practices and experiences of care and intimacy of people living at the cutting edge of individualization. Working from a psychoanalytically-informed ontology and with a psycho-social methodology, the research consisted of a qualitative longitudinal study of those who might be considered the “most individualized” – people living outside cohabiting, conjugal couple relationships. Borrowing certain notions from Queer Theory, which capture key find-ings of the project, the paper aims to return to sociology new perspectives on friendship and care under conditions of individualization.

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