RUNNING HEAD: Maintaining Friendship Maintaining Friendship by Telling Stories Olivia Latham Linguistic Anthropology 12/07/2017 Introduction
RUNNING HEAD: Maintaining Friendship 1 I will be analysing a conversation between two roommates, roommates who are close friends, but who do not have a chance to see each other often due to an extreme differences in schedules . This conversation occurred after Thanksgiving break at Agnes Scott College and was the first chance that the two roommates had to talk to each other since getting back from their respective homes . The two were in one of their rooms, exchanging stories, jokes, and new shared interests . I posit that the reason they communicate with each other through stories and jokes is to maintain their friendship and closeness to one another . Participants The two participants are both women and both are in their twenties . Both participants attend Agnes Scott College, however one is a STEM major, the other a social sciences major . The two participants have lived together for three years and have managed to cultivate a close friendship . They both possess a sarcastic, dry personality and have found a way to communicate effectively with one another that utilizes these personality aspects in a way that maintains comfort and closeness within the friendship . While both are rather sarcastic, D tends to be a bit more curious, inventive, and silly . She is a very creative and socially aware person and tends to notice the atmosphere in a place . A is not as aware of social atmosphere, being a bit oblivious to the emotional needs of people . However, A possesses a sharper, more acerbic wit, coming up with snappy comebacks in the span of seconds, and is not as concerned with how she is perceived .
RUNNING HEAD: Maintaining Friendship 2 While the two participants are very obviously companionable and enjoy each other’s presence, there is a power imbalance present due to one participant being white, thus having more social prestige, and one being black, with the white participant also holding a position of power granted to her by the college . Despite these imbalances, the two participants feel comfortable enough to banter with one another . In fact, I theorize that the reason the two participants are joking with one another in this manner is to overcome these barriers and become closer/maintain their friendship . This type of communication and ease of communication is possible due to the similarity in their personalities and to how long they have lived with one another . While it is often hard to move outside of social constrictions, I believe that conversing through jokes and banter allows people to close the distance created by power imbalances . Setting The conversation took place in a dorm room after the Thanksgiving break .
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