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Friendship as Method? Friendship as Epistemology?
  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.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    15 June 2022

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  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Kulpa, R. (2022, June). Friendship as Method? Friendship as Epistemology?. Paper presented at 11th European Feminist Research Conference: "Social Change in a Feminist Perspective", Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, IT



friendship, (auto-)methodology, queer-feminist epistemology, friendship research, personal as political/social, psychosocial studies

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