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Friendship, co-presence and care: neglected spaces

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This paper explores the spaces important to friendship, arguing for a better understanding of the significance of friendship in geographies of care. It examines the intertwining of friendship, care and co-presence and explores the social contexts and spaces of friendship, with a particular focus on the space of the home. While friendships are an important form of care and support for most people, they have been neglected in geographical studies of care. There is an opportunity for geographers to add a new dimension to the existing literature on friendship and thereby to expand knowledge and understanding of change in the sources of intimacy, care and support.

Keywords: amistad; amitiƩ; care; cuidado; endroit; espaces de soin; espacios de cuidado; friendship; hogar; home; lugar; maison; place; soin; spaces of care

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography and Environmental Science,The University of Reading, WhiteknightsReading,RG6 6AB, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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