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Friendship as Method? Friendship as Epistemology?

Kulpa, Roberto



Friendship gained across years some traction in kinship research, recently especially within the ‘queer kinship’ debates, as a strong manifestation for the need and drive of alternative ‘families of choice’. With this presentation I want to focus on a methodology in researching friendships, especially researcher’s own networks of friendships.
I start with the auto-ethnographic and biographical insights to offer a number of hypothetical vignettes as a debate stimulus. I hope to explore a number of real and imaginary stories of researching friends, researching with friends, researching friendship – to consider how the researcher may navigate the research process that involves their own friendships.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 11th European Feminist Research Conference: "Social Change in a Feminist Perspective"
Start Date Jun 15, 2022
End Date Jun 18, 2022
Publication Date Jun 15, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2022
Keywords friendship, (auto-)methodology, queer-feminist epistemology, friendship research, personal as political/social, psychosocial studies
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