AN INTEGRATED VIEW UPON POSTMODERNIST CONCEPTUAL IDENTITY

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Nowadays, identity is continually changing. In order to assume a valid social identity, an individual needs the others’ recognition. In this case, modernity involves targeting the others. The individual is able to build and/or rebuild his identity depending on the opportunities life offers to him and which he chooses deliberately. He does not know for sure whether he has made the right decision but he has to discover on his own, the ‘true’ identity that suits him. From a postmodernist point of view, identity becomes less stable and more fragile. Postmodernist identity builds itself by assuming some roles and images. …


THE QUALITATIVE INTERVIEW – BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Qualitative methods can perfectly complement both quantitative and participatory methods in any social sciences. The qualitative interview is flexible and dynamic and has been referred to as nondirective, unstructured, non-standardized and open-ended. Qualitative research is a repetitive process in which data-collecting, data-recording, data-analysis, reflections and generating new questions are part of a continuous comparative effort. This paper describes the main characteristics of interview as a scientific instrument, and then identifies the most used types of interview. It also presents the qualitative interview as the best option in interviewing immigrants, who are known as balancing between two worlds: social and individual. …