The communication of solidarity in friendships among African American women

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Much of the previous research on culture and friendship is comparative, highlighting different patterns and/or preferences for friendship communication between various racial and ethnic cultures. However, relying on Houston’s (2002) call for experiences from within African American cultures and Shuter’s (1990, 1998) notion of the “centrality of culture,” the authors describe in-depth cultural values and communicative meanings for friendship that exist within a given culture. Thirty-six African American women described their experiences with intraracial friendship communication. Their descriptions suggest that at least one function of the intraracial communication for this group of women is to construct solidarity among African American friends. Three themes emerged around the core concept of solidarity: Friendship dichotomies, Black vernacular, and “authentic” communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Research Reports in Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • African american women
  • Intracultural friendships
  • Intraracial communication
  • Intraracial friendships
  • Solidarity


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