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Family, friends and personal communities: changing models-in-the-mind

  • Pahl, Ray
  • Spencer, Liz
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    ‘Models-in-the-minds’ about the ‘proper’ and ‘right’ way to be a ‘true’ friend or to ‘do’ family behaviour may not necessarily fit lived experience, especially in cases where relationships become fused and distinctions between ‘family’ and ‘friend’ become blurred. We suggest the idea of a personal community - the micro-social world of significant others for any given individual - as a practical schema for capturing the set of relationships in which people are actually embedded.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2010-01.

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    Date of creation: 31 Jan 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2010-01
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