Social Club Sociability

  • Danny Kaplan
Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)


In order to understand how intermediate social institutions transform strangers into acquaintances and friends, we need to consider how they occasion a non-instrumental “social club sociability” along the lines of the expressive sociability highlighted by Simmel. With the growing differentiation of modern institutional life, compatriots increasingly participate in a wide range of social clubs where they face demands to cooperate with strangers. Each social club presents its own informal norms of conduct and codes of exclusive communication, nourishing feelings of familiarity, exclusivity, and mutual loyalty. This sense of competence in making friends is carried over from one institutional setting to the next. The chapter presents brief historical examples of a variety of social clubs and their implications for civic or national life, culminating with the case of “phatic exchange” on online social media sites, such as Facebook.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Gender Studies ProgramBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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