Fictive-friendship and the Fourth Gospel

Show simple item record Crook, Zeba A. 2012-05-24T11:34:11Z 2012-05-24T11:34:11Z 2011-10
dc.description This article was initially presented as a paper at the International Meeting of the Context Group that was held on 02−05 August 2010 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. en_US
dc.description.abstract The phenomena of friendship and giftship in antiquity have been the focus of much anthropological interest, yet those terms are still used much too broadly, wherein any one can be friends and anything exchanged is a gift. This article argued that proper friendship requires equality of exchange and status. When inequality of exchange is present, we will almost always also have inequality of status. These two things together naturally and necessarily result in the absence of frank speech. At this point, proper friendship (defined by frank speech) and the exchange of gifts (defined by equality of value) are impossible, and we have fictive-friendship, a term I have introduced in this article. Fictive-friendship refers to the practice, often but not exclusively amongst elites, of using friendship language to mask relationships of dependence (patronage and clientage). I closed my argument by looking at two examples of fictive-friendship in the Gospel of John. en
dc.description.librarian nf2012 en
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dc.identifier.citation Crook, Z.A., 2011, 'Fictive-friendship and the Fourth Gospel', HTS Teologiese Studies/HTS Theological Studies, 67(3), Art. #997, 7 pages. en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v67i3.997
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2011. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Fictive-friendship en
dc.subject Gospel of John en
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- N.T. -- John -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. en
dc.subject.lcsh Friendship -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Exchange theory (Sociology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Speech and social status en
dc.subject.lcsh Equality en
dc.subject.lcsh Friendship -- Sociological aspects en
dc.title Fictive-friendship and the Fourth Gospel en
dc.type Article en

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