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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Friend v. Friend

I am very excited to announce the publication of my latest book, Friend v. Friend: The Transformation of Friendship -- and What the Law Has To Do With It (Oxford 2011). It is a meditation on one of our most important social institutions that has too often been marginalized by our laws, our politics, and social science.  The book suggests ways for public policy makers to grow more sensitive to how their choices impact friendship in society, as well as ways for lawyers and legislators to promote and facilitate friendships.  I hope you find it provocative; it challenges some core assumptions we routinely make about the separation between the private sphere and the public sphere.

Amazon has it at the cheapest cost.  I will hope to write a few substantive blogposts on the book -- and some newer work I am doing in the area -- over the next few weeks.  Thanks to so many readers who helped me with this project over the years.



Posted by Ethan Leib on December 16, 2010 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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Posted by: Ethan Leib | Dec 17, 2010 11:47:47 AM

congrats Ethan, I ordered the book on Amazon - mazal tov!

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Dec 16, 2010 9:00:20 PM

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