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Presentation Title

The Identity of Best Friends

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Ana Michel '13Follow

Location

Library 205

Abstract

Best friends are anchors that help people with their identities through times of change. Interviews I conducted in 2012 revealed that people see their best friends as their support system. They need best friends to remind them of who they are as they go through life changes that might affect their identity. I argue that this is particularly important for young adults because in the United States, American culture emphasizes individualism and that, after high school graduation, young people are expected to separate from their parents’ households and the identities they formed in these early years.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 2:20 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 2:40 PM

Panel

Panel: Society and Identity: Guys, Girls and Friends

Panel Moderator

Chloe Johnston

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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The Identity of Best Friends

Library 205

Best friends are anchors that help people with their identities through times of change. Interviews I conducted in 2012 revealed that people see their best friends as their support system. They need best friends to remind them of who they are as they go through life changes that might affect their identity. I argue that this is particularly important for young adults because in the United States, American culture emphasizes individualism and that, after high school graduation, young people are expected to separate from their parents’ households and the identities they formed in these early years.