Carla Risseeuw, anthropologist (PhD Nijmegen, 1988), emeritus Professor Gender Studies, Leiden University. She published on British colonial history in Sri Lanka, and, with Indian colleagues, on the Dutch welfare state and on Ageing in South Asia and Western Europe. She studied the social consequences of contracting leprosy in East Africa, and made several ethnographic films.
Marlein van Raalte (PhD Leiden, 1986) is lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University. She published on Greek metre, wrote a commentary on Theophrastus¹ Metaphysics and co-edited the volume Protagoras of Abdera: The Man, His Measure (Brill, 2013).
Anyone interested in the concept of friendship, from a historical, philosophical, anthropological, and social point of view.
Table of contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: Conceptualizing Friendship in Time and Place
Carla Risseeuw and Marlein van Raalte
SECTION : Classical Asian Sources and Traditions
1 The Chinese Concept of Friendship: Confucian Ethics and the Literati Narratives of Pre-Modern China
2 The Concept of Friendship in the Jātaka Tales
SECTION : Western/European Traditions
3 Friendship after Money: The Case of Classical Greece
Tazuko van Berkel
4 The Road to Wisdom: A New Conceptualization of Friendship in Fourth-Century bce Athens
5 Historical Moments of Friendship Ideals: David & Jonathan, Montaigne, Adam Smith
6 Friendship in the European Enlightenment: The Rationalization of Intimacy?
SECTION 3: Friendship in Contemporary East and West
7 The Utility of ‘Translated’ Friendship for the Sinophone World: Past and Present
8 Intimate Relationships between Women as Romantic Love in Modern Japan
9 Impartiality, Close Friendships and the Confucian Tradition
10 The Performance of Friendship in Contemporary India
11 Shades of Friendship among Thai Women in the Netherlands
Panitee Brown Suksomboon
12 On Family, Friendship and the Need for ‘Cultural Fuss’: Changing Trajectories of Family and Friendship in the Netherlands
13 Civil Friendship: A Proposal for Legal Bonds Based on Friendship and Care