Journalism & Communication
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Heterosexual and Homosexual Male Friendships in The History Boys (2006): Interpersonal Communication Strategies in Relationship Building Intimacy is not something that British and American men, in general, seek in their male-male social relationships (Bowman, 2009, p. 171). …
171). Self-disclosure, nevertheless, includes varying forms of intimacy, and even men disclose private information to their male friends, depending on their perceptions of privacy boundaries, assessment of rewards/costs of disclosure, and decision for wanting a closer relationship, among other factors (Derlega et al., 2008, pp. 116-117). Homosexual and heterosexual men, however, may have different interpersonal communication strategies. This paper analyzes the interpersonal communication strategies of homosexual and heterosexual adolescents in the film The History Boys by Cusack and Hytner (2006). It illustrates that whatever sexual orientation these adolescents have, they use communication cues to form target impressions that can start and maintain social relationships, but there are individual-based differences on how they guard and break personal privacy boundaries, depending on their privacy rules on self-disclosure. The History Boys illustrates the controversial, but engaging, preparation of a group of young, intelligent, but randy, teenagers of Cutlers' Grammar School for their university entrance exams in the most prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge. T ...