Inquirys

The Inquiry has the objective to examine the notions of the inquired about their own identity. The questions are based on the concepts, proposed and used in the other text of the Project. Identity represents the way individual persons and groups of people self-define themselves. It is something complex, that consists from different elements which can support, complement or to clash between one another. There is a set of national, confessional, social, professional, matrimonial, etc identities. The identity of every person changes with his age, as a result of different influences, it depends from the milieu, etc.

The Inquiry is targeted to people with some kind of 'complex' identity (living outside their ethnic or confessional milieu, people in or from mixed marriages, with specific sexual preferences, etc.

The Inquiry is in two variations. One is more elaborated and is targeted to people with some trained in humanities, and to people disposed to articulate in more details their notions and opinions. This variation expect that the inquired will give his/her name, age and some other information (since when he/she is part of a community, how his/hers notions and opinions changed in time and with his/hers age, etc.

The other variation takes the form of a test. It is more concise, expects shorter answers and is targeted to more or less compact groups (par example immigrants in one city). This variation allows anonymous answers. The inquired can select more than one of the proposed answers.

The results of the inquiry will be used for scholars objectives, will be published on the web-site of the Project. They will be offered to general or specialized media for other publication with the explicit agreement of the inquired persons.

General information

  • Name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Level of education
  • Family status (children included)
  • Place of birth (town, state)
  • Now living in (town, state)

Questions

  1. How would you define your identity?
  2. Please put in hierarchical order your identities (sexual, confessional, national, professional, social, marital, etc.) Have this order changed in time and with your age, or in connection with some other circumstances? Have you noticed these changes yourself?
  3. Are you aware of the influenced that have formed your identity? Which are they?
  4. With what images (figures) you identify yourself? Which images (figures) and plots (histories) express your identity best? Do you see any connection between your musical preferences and your identity?
  5. Are these images, figures, plots and histories part of some books, films or other narrative texts? Which are they?
  6. How will you define the role of your identity in your life? Does it helps you or is it an obstacle (and in what circumstances)?
  7. Your identity is not a typical one. (You live in foreign ethnic/confessional milieu, your parents have different ethnic/confessional origin, your partner is different from you, your sexual preferences are not typical, etc.) What are the consequences of that?
  8. You do not live in the town or village (region), where you were born and raised. What are the consequences of that?
  9. When and where do you feel your identity most strongly?
  10. Would you like to add something to these answers, concerning your identity?

Second variation
Test

  1. How would you define your identity? Please mark the answers that suits best to your own feelings.
    a. National identity is most important for me. First and foremost I am Bulgarian (Turk, Greek, Jewish, Russian…).
    b. Citizenship is most important for me. First and foremost I am citizen of Bulgaria, Grate Britain, etc.
    c. My religion (confession) is most important for me. First and foremost I am Christian (Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim, Judean, etc.)
    d. Family bonds are most important for me. First and foremost I am husband/wife, sun/daughter, father/mother.
    e. My profession is most important for me. First and foremost I am.............. (Please fill in the gap.)
    f. My generation (age) is most important for me. First and foremost I am teenager, mature man/woman, pensioner…
    g. My gender is most important for me. First and foremost I am man, woman. I am homosexual and this is extremely important for me.
  2. Are you aware for the influences, forming your identity? Which are they?
    A. my blood
    B. my family
    C. my education
    D. the milieu in which I was raised/ in which I live now
    E. something else (Please name it.)
  3. With what images (figures) you identify yourself? Which images (figures) and plots (histories) express your identity best? Do you see any connection between your musical preferences and your identity?
  4. Are these images, figures, plots and histories part of some books, films or other narrative texts? Which are they?
  5. How will you define the role of your identity in your life? Does it helps you or is it an obstacle (and in what circumstances)?
  6. Your identity is not a typical one. (You live in foreign ethnic/confessional milieu, your parents have different ethnic/confessional origin, your partner is different from you, your sexual preferences are not typical, etc.) What are the consequences of that?
  7. You do not live in the town or village (region), where you were born and raised. What are the consequences of that?
    A. the distance from my native place straighten my emotional bond with it
    B. the distance from my native place fades my emotional bond with it
  8. When and where do you feel your identity most strongly?
    A. at national feasts
    B. in the church
    C. at home
    D. when I read books (newspapers), watching films (television)
    E. listening to music (Please specify what kind of music.)
    F. at sport matches (international, Bulgarian)
  9. Would you like to add something to these answers, concerning your identity?
Margarita Jeliazkova
Bisserka Ratcheva
Vera Trayanova
Mayre Buyuklieva
Nadiia Boiko
Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg
Elena Nikolova Tyufekchieva
Evelina Lambreva Jecker
Yana Bukova
Irene Ivantcheva-Merjanska
Desislava Puteva
Armand Basmajian
Dora Dabash
Fotiny Iannis Christakoudy-Konstantinidou
Nikolay Boykov
Students from Lublin
Petar Sotirov
Dimitar Bochev
Zlatko Enev
Dina Iordanova
Vassilis Maragos
Angela Jean Rodel
Hercules (or Herkul or Iraklis) Millas
Questionnaire applied on the Bulgarians living in Portugal
Grazyna Szwat-Gylybowa
Barbara Reeves-Ellington
Pieter de Klerk
Roziya Samouilova
Nevenka Martin
Raymond Detrez
Marie Vrinat-Nikolov
Albert Nisim Benbassat
Atanas Slavov
Recapitulation