SOCIAL SCIENCES

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship

Dutton. Feb. 2018. 288p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781101986127. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781101986134. SOC SCI
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Following decades of white, middle-class couples who turned inward for companionship, Schaefer posits that modern women of this class and race are now looking outward and raising the value of friendships to that of other serious relationships. Telling someone "text me when you get home" is a way of continuing the conversation and letting friends know you care, as well as a method for friends to stay connected in one another's lives. Whereas female friendships were once stereotyped as disposable or competitive by scholars and the media, the subsiding of these classifications is the basis for Schaefer's work. The author successfully weaves the stories of her life and her mother's into a narrative of the changes that have occurred through time. She discusses her own path to modern female friendship: first as a competitive youth, then trying to fit in with a male-dominated workplace, and finally a self-proclaimed awakening to the power of female relationships.
VERDICT Schaefer provides an engaging, deeply researched sociological perspective into the evolution of female friendships. Consider purchasing where women's studies topics circulate well.

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