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Świat poprzedników i świat otaczający (Umwelt)
The world of predecessors and the surrounding world (Umwelt)

Contributor(s): Piotr Czakon (Editor), Paweł Pistelok (Editor)
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: because-motive; in-order-to-motive; significant others; world of predecessors;Umwelt;
Summary/Abstract: The authors refer to the repertoire of the notions of phenomenological sociology by Alfred Schütz (e.g. the world of everyday life, because-motive, in-order-to- -motive) in order to raise the issue of the relationship between the activities projected by the interviewees and the biographies of their ancestors. The subject of the analysis is the moment of the decision to start third degree studies, the importance of other people in forging it, and the motives behind it. It turns out that relatively often the idea of writing a doctorate thesis within the framework of third degree education appeared in the interlocutors’ minds as their student’s career progressed – moving on to subsequent years, becoming involved in university activities. At some point, most of the respondents began to perceive the perspective of a doctorate as a natural extension of their current activity. A great significance in the emergence of this idea can be attributed to the figure of a supervisor – a kind of master and a fundamental inspirer of the doctoral educational pathway. At the same time, it should be noted that the character of the family circle of interviewees was not indifferent to them either. Although only some interviewees have a multi-generational tradition of higher education, in most homes cultural models (books, active way of spending time) seem to correspond with the chosen educational path. When asked about the motives for undertaking 3rd degree studies, the students most often claimed that they had done so in order to achieve employment in the scientific sphere; they rarely stated that it was a need for self-definition.