9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Interviews Building II, B2.01

Precariousness experiences of the graduates of the University of Porto: empirical results and methodological challenges

This communication has as starting point some of the results of a research focusing on professional precariousness of the graduates of the university of Porto in social sciences, humanities, management and economics and the future alternatives concerning their integration in the labour market. Adopting a comprehensive point of view, within the research project it were done 32 interviews concerning the life trajectories and the meanings graduates give to their precarious experience. From the information gathered and analysed, there were defined a set of ?portraits of precariousness/ non precariousness", taking as primary dimension of analysis the discourses of the individuals but also their objective social conditions, present on a set of variables, like, graduation, gender or type of family. It is intended, therefore, to discuss, on the one hand, some of the empirical results, taking into account the present situation of the labour market, and, on the other hand, and mainly, the adequacy of the methodological options taken and the study object. As a consequence, it is aimed also to discuss the discourse analysis and the advantages of an analysis centered on each interview as a hole, as well as its theoretical fundaments.