Fraternal friendship and commemorative desire

Danny Kaplan, Niza Yanay

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Based on a case study of Israeli men's friendships, this article examines the inter-relations between the experience of male relationships in everyday life and established representations of fraternal friendship. We delineate a script for male bonding that echoes ancient epics of heroism. This script holds a mythic structure for making sense of friendship in everyday life and places male relatedness under the spectral ideal of death. Whereas various male-to-male arenas present diverse and often displaced expressions of male affection, we contend that sites of commemoration present a unique instance in which desire between men is publicly declared and legitimized. The collective rituals for the dead hero-friends serve as a mask that transforms a repudiated personal sentiment into a national genre of relatedness. We interpret fraternal friendship as a form of private/public identification/desire whereby the citizen brother becomes, via collective rituals of commemoration, the desired brother.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-146
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Commemoration
  • Desire
  • Friendship
  • Homosociality
  • Israel
  • Masculinity
  • Nationalism


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