Using dilemmas to trace identity construction and perception of others: The Israeli case

Tal Litvak-Hirsch, Dan Bar-On, Julia Chaitin

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Abstract

This article describes a method of data collection and analysis that was developed for the tracing of processes of identity construction and perception of others among young Jewish adults – citizens of Israel. In order to learn how young adults perceive different ‘others’ and construct their sense of collective identity, a semi-structured interview was developed that was comprised of five moral dilemmas concerning internal as well as external others that contribute to the construction of Jewish-Israeli identity. This article traces the process of instrument development and presents the types of analyses that were used in interpretation of the dilemmas. We then demonstrate the analyses by presenting examples from four interviews with Jewish-Israelis. Based on the results of our study, ideas for future research and utilization of the research method are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-237
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Construction
  • Dilemmas
  • Identity
  • Israeli context
  • Others
  • Qualitative methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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