In this article, the author discusses friendship as a method of qualitative inquiry and how this method informed research on the social construction of masculin- ity in male-male friendships. First, a narrative account of a first meeting with a participant is given. Next, the discursive aspect of fieldwork is considered where the author’s ideas about friendship as method and “the reach of dia- logue” are outlined. Finally, the article focuses on the role of autoethnography in conducting and representing qualitative work on masculinity.
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