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ACCEPTABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE SOURCES OF INEQUALITY IN ROMANIA. A VISUAL STUDY; pp. 367–402

(Full article in PDF format) DOI: 10.3176/tr.2015.4.04


Authors

Florentina Scârneci-Domnişoru

Abstract

The paper submits the results of a visual research on the perception of inequality within Romanian society. The data were collected by means of drawings, an uncommon method used in studying social stratification. The analysis was applied to 82 drawings obtained from 41 Romanians (and 16 drawings obtained from 8 Italians added to the former, in an attempt to explore differences cross-nationally). The results refer to the resources that are perceived to be unequally distributed in Romania, to the acceptable sources of inequality in Romania and, in exploratory terms, to the comparative analysis upon the perception of inequality in Romania and Italy. The commonest inequality perceived in Romania is the economic inequality. Here, one of the acceptable sources of inequality is related to the prestige of professions, and one of the unacceptable sources of inequality is the qualitative dimension of lifestyle: dissatisfaction, discontent, unhappiness.

Keywords

inequality, visual research, drawings, social stratification, social classes, status beliefs, qualitative research

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