Homosocial desire in men's talk: Balancing and re-creating cultural discourses of masculinity

  title={Homosocial desire in men's talk: Balancing and re-creating cultural discourses of masculinity},
  author={Scott F. Kiesling},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={695 - 726}
  • S. Kiesling
  • Published 12 October 2005
  • Sociology
  • Language in Society
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