Friends at Work

  • Mark Vernon


Many people say that they cannot watch The Office, the BBC’s tragicomic TV docudrama of life at work, because for all its laughs and for all its humanity, it makes them squirm. It is too close to life. It holds a mirror up to the endless hours people spend in strip-lit rooms and finds the experience wanting.


Good Friendship Commercial Society Social Cooperation Contractual Part Work Relationship 
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Further Reading and References

  1. Smith is compared with Ferguson and Hume in Lisa Hill and Peter McCarthy’s article ‘Hume, Smith and Ferguson: Friendship in Commercial Society’, in the excellent book The Challenge to Friendship in Modernity, edited by Preston King and Heather Devere and published by Frank Cass (2000).Google Scholar

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© Mark Vernon 2005

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  • Mark Vernon

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