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journal for qualitative research

ISSN 1211-5770
Registration code MK ČR: E 8364
Published by the civil association Casopis Biograf
Krompach 26, 47157
ICO: 27003213
Two issues per year.
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Biograf 2022/75

There must be balance in the universe: Friendship and qualitative research

Hana Porkertová

There must be balance in the universe: Friendship and qualitative research

Drawing on interviews and ethnographic research that grew into a deeper relationship with some of the communication partners, the article discusses interweaving of qualitative research and friendship. Making close friends while doing research is still rather uncommon and most methodological books advice to keep researchers and research participants demarcated, with clearly defined roles. In contrast, this article shows research as created in mutual heterogeneous connections of diverse elements, in which there are no clear borderlines not only between subjects and objects of study, but also between ‘friend’, ‘learner’, or ‘researcher’. At the same time, the article addresses the pitfalls associated with the intertwining of research and friendship. Rather than offering clear advice, it explores questions that researchers befriending their communication partners face.


friendship; ethnography; research ethics; qualitative inquiry

Biograf themes:

Anthropology and ethnography; Ethical and legal aspects of research


PORKERTOVÁ, H. (2022): „Tak musí být ta rovnováha ve vesmíru“: O přátelství v kvalitativním výzkumu [‘There must be balance in the universe’: Friendship and qualitative research]. Biograf (75-76): Avalaible at: [last access17. 04. 2024]

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