Everyday Friendships: Intimacy as Freedom in a Complex World by H. Blatterer

By H. Blatterer

This e-book conceptualises the lived adventure of intimacy in an international within which the phrases and stipulations of affection and friendship are more and more uncertain. It indicates that the research of the 'small international' of dyads may give very important clues approximately society and its gendered make-up.

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The diffusion of clinical, psychoanalytic practice as a way of life – ubiquitously represented in the cultural productions of the self-help genre, TV talk shows, celebrity culture, relationship counseling, and online and offline advice columns – is part and parcel of the contemporary self and its various interactions to such an extent that the pioneering work of the Romantic period is easily overlooked. 26 Everyday Friendships Intimacy’s therapeutic turn (see Chapter 3), owes a fair share to the slow development of modern subjectivity from the end of the Middle Ages via Romantic expressivism.

And in a passage that condenses disparate artistic and philosophical enterprises, he argues that early Romanticism – whether in Victor Hugo or the Schlegels, Goethe or Tieck, Coleridge or Byron, whether in Britain, France, Italy, or Germany – was unified by a particular kind of idealism made up of ‘such values as integrity, sincerity, readiness to sacrifice one’s life to some inner light, dedication to some ideal for which it is worth sacrificing all that one is, for which it is worth living and dying’ (2001, p.

284) has made clear, the concepts that may result from social science research may become re-appropriated by people in the context of their everyday lives by way of the ‘double hermeneutic’, the interpretive feedback loop between research and everyday understandings. This has nothing to do with telling people how to think. Contemporary sociology is suspect of ‘normativity’, and that with some reason. There is today a great sensitivity to approaches that pretend they can offer blueprints for living, or to make judgments from up above about ways of life here below.

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