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Friend v. Friend by Ethan Lieb

Posted by Library Blog on 03/16/2017 at 02:32 PM

Have you ever wondered why friendships aren’t protected by the law? In the book Friend v. Friend: The Transformation of Friendship—and What the Law Has to Do with It, Ethan Leib compares and contrasts the legal regulation of marriage with the lack of regulation over friendship and shows how our transforming society needs the benefits that friendship laws could offer.Friend v Friend

Even though it is a vital part of our society, Leib contends that friendship as an institution is declining. In this era of increased social media contact, some social scientists are finding our networks of truly intimate friends to be smaller than ever. As a result, Leib argues that laws about friendship may actually be the best way for friendship to thrive.

The book can be found in the library’s lending collection at KF465.L45 2011

If you are interested in learning more about friendship in the age of Facebook, check out this TED Talk