Monitor ISH 16/2 (2014)

Selected articles

Thinking the Interview
  • Vlado Kotnik:

    Thinking the Interview: On the Epistemology of an Intersubjective Field Method (Part I)



    The paper presents the complex issue of understanding

    and conducting an interview as the predominant form of empirical

    qualitative research. The epistemology of this particular intersubjective

    field method is viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective,

    despite the assumption that the interview method as a means of

    collecting data and information has been brought to the most differentiated

    uses and sophisticated reflections by the anthropological

    science. The red thread of the text’s argument is the constant

    adaptability, changeability and interchangeability of the subject

    and object positions which are established by researcher and informant

    in an interview. For an easier grasp of the fluid, flexible and

    circumstantial construction of the particular interpersonal relationship

    within an interview situation, the author proposes eight perspectives,

    based on well-established theories of some important

    thinkers in the field of the social sciences and humanities, which

    may be helpful in reflecting on the positions, roles, investments,

    and doings of the two protagonists within an interview situation: performative perspective, derived from the theory of speech acts

    (John L. Austin); polyphonic perspective, based on the theory of

    enunciation (Oswald Ducrot); interpellational perspective, developed

    on the basis of the theory of ideology (Louis Althusser); discursive

    perspective, underpinned by the theory of power and

    authority (Michel Foucault); psychoanalytic perspective, centred

    around the theory of the unconscious (Sigmund Freud); ethnographic

    perspective, capped by the theory of reflexivity (Pierre

    Bourdieu); mnemonic perspective, grounded on the theory of memory

    (Maurice Halbwachs); dramaturgical perspective, supported by

    the theory of interaction (Erving Goffman). Whether the interview

    is taken as a research method, a special social encounter or a series

    of tasks to be performed by interviewer and interviewee, it is clear

    that each and every interview is a unique event of specific human

    contact and communication.


    interview, fieldwork, research methods, ethnography,


    Availability in libraries (COBISS.SI-ID: 1538189)

The Infinity of the Remake
  • Erik Toth:

    The Infinity of the Remake



    Dracula is back among us, and so is the remake. The term

    denotes a new film recorded on the basis of another, earlier film.

    There have been many such cases in the film repertories of the recent

    decades. Since the concept of the remake has not been fully

    explored, the paper focuses on its role instead, presenting several

    theories which touch – directly or indirectly – on the explanations

    for this phenomenon. The analysis focuses on the causes and conditions necessary for the emergence of the remake (repetition)

    within society. The origins of the remake are attributed to the phenomenon

    of repetition as a condition for the legitimacy and occurrence

    of the remake, both within society and, consequently, within

    the film sphere.


    remake, nihilism, repetition, repeat, pleasure, necessity

    Availability in libraries (COBISS.SI-ID: 1538445)

In Search of Identity
  • Tadej Praprotnik:

    Identity in Intergenerational Communication



    The article presents several aspects of communication,

    especially between generations. Underlining the informational and

    relational aspects of communication, it presents the communication

    process as a field in which identities are constructed. Individuals

    constantly classify themselves and others into groups,

    establishing relationships which reflect the characteristics of the

    statuses ascribed. The paper presents the misunderstandings

    which occur in intergenerational communication, explains the role

    played by stereotypes and negative attitudes to aging in the formation

    of the identities ascribed, and explores how these identities

    may affect the communication processes and interpersonal relationships,

    which are built by and through communication. Of special

    importance are the manifestations of ageism in everyday

    interactions (patronising talk, particularly overaccommodation

    and secondary baby talk): manifestations based upon stereotypes

    concerning ‘older people’, as a segment of the population is discriminatorily



    intergenerational communication, identity, stereotypes,

    patronising talk, overaccommodation

    Availability in libraries (COBISS.SI-ID: 1538701)
  • Marijanca Ajša Vižintin:

    Where Do Immigrant Children Come From and Why?



    The early 21st century continues the trend from the later

    20th century: the first-generation immigrant children who move to

    Slovenia most often come from the states established after the disintegration

    of former Yugoslavia – from Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    Kosovo, Macedonia, as well as from Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. There are few arrivals from other states and continents, such

    as Bulgaria, Ukraine, or the United States of America. This article

    presents certain experiences that vary for each immigrant family,

    although they may hail from the same country. We quote some of

    the reasons for immigration as represented by the migrant children

    and parents themselves, comparing them to the findings of migrant

    theories. In 2011, semi-structured interviews with immigrant children

    were conducted in three Slovenian primary schools, and it was

    ascertained that most of them had come to Slovenia for the sake of

    family reunion.


    immigrant children, families, immigration, Slovenia

    Availability in libraries (COBISS.SI-ID: 1538957)
  • Polona Ozbič:

    The Funeral Ritual for a Deceased Relative: The Factors Which Respectively Decrease and Increase the Distress of the Bereaved



    The funeral ceremony is an event designed for the wider

    community. The bereaved has to process the funeral ceremony by

    itself as well as various events connected with it. Since these can

    be experienced either as a source of additional stress or as a support

    which relieves distress, it is important to study the influence of

    those factors on the bereavement process. Our research included

    18 bereaved individuals of both genders who suffered after they had

    lost a close family member (partner, parent, child) from various

    causes within one to two years prior to the interview. An in-depth

    structured interview was carried out with every participant on the

    following three topics: the organisation and execution of the funeral;

    the presence of other people at the funeral; the dress code at

    and after the funeral. According to our research, the most common

    factors that relieve distress are: knowing the wishes of the deceased

    about the desired form of the funeral, large numbers of people attending

    the funeral, and the possibility for the bereaved to choose

    the dress colour code at and after the funeral. On the other hand,

    the stress of the bereaved may be exacerbated during the funeral

    by not having enough time to say farewell, by the undertakers’ insensitivity

    and blunders, and by the pressure of the environment

    to wear mourning.


    bereavement process, funeral ritual, social norms

    Availability in libraries (COBISS.SI-ID: 1539213)

Conceptual Similarities VII-VIII
  • Karmen Medica:

    Primordialism v. Instrumentalism in Ethnic Studies

  • Karmen Medica:

    Autochthony v. Allochthony in the Context of Ethnic and Minority Issues

Northern Horizons
Monitor ISH 16/2 (2014) Co-financed by the Slovenian Book Agency.
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