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GOMES, Lívia Godinho Nery  and  SILVA JUNIOR, Nelson da. About friendship in times of solitude. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.19, n.2, pp.57-64. ISSN 0102-7182.

This paper analyzes some results of a research that investigated the semantics on friendship and analyzed the political quality of the friendship. The objective of this article is to describe and to argue the implications of the decomposition of public bonds and the consequent destruction of political engagement. In the liquid scene of current times, individualization process and the weakening of social bonds configures the decomposition of public space and the consequent degradation of politics. The capitalist market when transforming human bonds and people into merchandise, has promoted the fragmentation of human solidarity and the abilities of sociability. In this research workers of a popular cooperative were interviewed on the histories of their friendships. The results of this research highlight that the bonds of friendship can form relations of shelter and commitment with the other, in which one lives the vigor of solidarity. On the other hand, the narratives of the citizens had also disclosed the contemporary fragility of social bonds, social isolation and individualism.

Keywords : Friendship; sociability; fragility of bonds; individualism.

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