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By David Morgan

The excellence among pals and pals is frequently made in daily dialog however the importance of this contrast is under-explored. This e-book argues that acquaintanceship is a subject valuable of research in its personal correct and assesses the general value of associates in past due smooth society. entrance conceal; Halftitle web page; identify web page; Copyright web page; Contents; sequence editors' preface; Acknowledgements; 1 finding associates; 2 buddies in house: neighbours; three 'Mates aren't friends': acquaintanceship and workplaces; four family among pros and consumers; five Passing buddies: overlapping timetables; 6 Fleeting buddies in time and area; 7 far-off and undesirable encounters; eight end; precis; References; identify Index; topic Index; again conceal

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Here we have accounts of gossip, informal games and structured group relationships. Different workers have different numbers and kinds of informal relationships; some of these could be classified as friendships while others 36 Acquaintances would be closer to acquaintanceships. One kind of difference noted was the extent to which the relationship continued outside work. It would be fair to say, however, that many, perhaps most, of the relationships described by Roethlisberger and Dickson and several subsequent studies of factory behaviour were closer to acquaintances rather than to friends.

Sammy again provided the refreshments, namely one banana. There was, however, no four-way sharing of Sammy’s banana. Ike would gulp it down by himself after surreptitiously extracting it from Sammy’s lunch box. . ’ and proceed to down his prize while Sammy made futile protests and denunciations . . ’ (Roy 1960: 162) This is perhaps the most striking of a daily sequence of rituals and the repetition of phrases and jokes. Much of this involved repetitive kidding. There were also less ritualized conversations which provided opportunities of gaining more knowledge about the others.

Workers may be brought together through being engaged on similar tasks or located in similar parts of the factory or though work-prescribed interdependencies. Sometimes workers formed fairly stable cliques while in other cases the relationships were more fluid. Detailed studies of working relationships in a variety of different settings became an important strand in the sociology of work and employment. Another influential tradition, already mentioned in a different context, was the study of communities, especially where that community was dominated by a particular industry or firm.

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