Friendships in the Work Place

  • Gary Alan Fine
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In a society in which people derive much of their identity from their occupation, the social connections made at one’s place of employment are of crucial importance. Instrumental relations occur at work, but expressive relations are found there as well. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in an academic department. Most professors are “friends” with the majority of their colleagues, sometimes associating with them outside of normal working hours and sharing activities that are not work-related. Work is frequently punctuated with acts of friendship.


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