Autonomy and Marginality


We have conducted several researches on values among different deviant groups with the students of Interdisciplinary Social Research Doctoral Program Faculty of Social Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University. Zsolt Nagy works with convalescent alcoholics, Marcell Miletics with homeless people, and Enikő Bódis with prostitutes. In this thesis we focus on the research we have conducted among prostitutes and homeless people. We compare their values to the value system of homeless people. We consider it important, because according to our analysis the value ofself-direction (autonomy) isesteemed highly in both of these groups.

We used Schwartz’s value test as a quantitative method. With the help of the test we compare the value systems – or as Schwartz puts it: the ‘culture’ – of different deviant (marginal) and non-deviant groups. First, we would like to interpret our hypothesis, the applied theories and methods, then, we will explain the results of the quantitative research.