Transcending Private Friendships to Public Hearts: Implications of Interracial Friendships for Public Life
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Janie Harden Fritz
Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Ronald C. Arnett
An increasingly multicultural society presents both challenges and opportunities to the public sphere. These challenges are frequently answered with calls for diversity and inclusion. However, this project suggests that interracial friendship overcomes the inherent limitations of diversity and inclusion and is therefore a more desirable alternative with which to enter the public sphere. This project explores the phenomenon of friendship and the particular notion that interracial friendship is critical to developing and disciplining our public hearts.
While long standing philosophical conceptions and more recent social science perspective of friendship are examined, friendship is conceptualized here using Emerson's notion of "truth" and "tenderness."
Blackburn, D. (2010). Transcending Private Friendships to Public Hearts: Implications of Interracial Friendships for Public Life (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/326