|Author(s)||Fortlouis Wood, L.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
This paper is based on a workshop session, and examines friendships as critical components of social networks, fundamental to support systems and providing avenues for learning the nuances of social communication and exchange. Although friendships may vary in commitment level, time spent together, intensity, and intimacy, information exchange is a key component of the interactions of friends. Specifically, through extended conversations and the repetition of shared activities, friends may enact varied social roles and receive a level of feedback that may be specific and important for learning collective values that are relevant across a variety of situations. Friendships, even as they vary in closeness, intensity, and type of contact, may provide information about behaviours, attitudes, and related values, roles and identities.