Transformative Phenomenology

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Transformative Phenomenology captures the influence of phenomenology and hermeneutics on non-university-based scholar-practitioners who completed their doctoral education in later life, thus blending their workplace experiences with their intellectual interests. Contributions from seasoned university-based scholars also expand our understanding of phenomenological inquiry in fresh ways. The concept of "transformative phenomenology" springs from the long-term teaching and research experiences of David Allan Rehorick and Valerie Malhotra Bentz, the book's co-editors.

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Editorial Reviews

Springer Science + Business Media
The essays in this collection offer an important display of the power of phenomenology as a method that can also be a form of life. I recommend them both for the wide range of human experience that they bring within the purview of phenomenology, and for their reminder that the beginning and end of phenomenology, as of all philosophy, is the sense of wonderment.
Francine Hultgren
This book is a masterful example of the transformative potential of phenomenology as a methodology and a way of living one's life open to possibility. These scholar practitioners bring the reader inside ordinary lifeworld experiences such as illness and personal trauma, corporate environments, cultural identity, artists and jazz musicians to reveal the extraordinary understandings to which their writing gives voice. As a phenomenologist, I highly recommend this book for an accessible entree into the methods of phenomenology, based on Husserlian and Schutzian approaches. Be prepared to experience your own transformation and 'possibilizing' as you read and engage with it!
Frances Chaput Waksler
A wide-ranging collection of compelling research studies and personal reflections. Displays the wide range of ways that phenomenological analysis can enrich understanding of one's self and others and makes phenomenology's insights readily accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739124123
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Rehorick is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Brunswick and professor of human organization and development at Fielding Graduate University. Valerie Malhotra Bentz is chair of doctoral faculty in the School of Human and Organization Development at Fielding Graduate University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Foreword George Psathas Psathas, George

Preface David Allan Rehorick Rehorick, David Allan Valerie Malhotra Bentz Bentz, Valerie Malhotra

Pt. I Coming to Phenomenology: Saying Why and Showing How

1 Transformative Phenomenology: A Scholarly Scaffold for Practitioners Valerie Malhotra Bentz Bentz, Valerie Malhotra David Allan Rehorick Rehorick, David Allan 3

2 Male Experiences of Pregnancy: Bridging Phenomenological and Empirical Insights David Allan Rehorick Rehorick, David Allan Linda Nugent Nugent, Linda 33

3 Experiencing Phenomenology as Mindful Transformation: An Autobiographical Account Sandra K. Simpson Simpson, Sandra K. 51

Pt. II Lessons from Illness and Personal Trauma: Pathways to Individual Change

4 Trial by Fire:The Transformational Journey of an Adult Male Cancer Survivor Dudley O. Tower Tower, Dudley O. 67

5 My Body the Traitor: Fearing a Recurrence of Breast Cancer Roanne Thomas-MacLean Thomas-MacLean, Roanne 83

6 Take My Kidney Please: An Organ Donor's Experience Jeffrey L. Nonemaker Nonemaker, Jeffrey L. 93

Pt. III Empowerment in Workworlds: Self-Other Transformations in Corporate Environments

7 The Lifeworld of High-Performance Teams: An Experiential Account Lucy Dinwiddie Dinwiddie, Lucy 113

8 Personal Power: Realizing Self in Doing and Being Bernie Novokowsky Novokowsky, Bernie 129

9 Bodymindfulness and Energetic Presence in Intercultural Communication Adair Linn Nagata Nagata, Adair Linn 141

Pt. IV Experiencing Transcendence: Personal Transformation as Collaborative Accomplishment

10 Finding Voice and Reclaiming Identity: Embodied Wisdom in the LivedExperience of Nortenas de Nuevo Mejico Gloria L. Cordova Cordova, Gloria L. 157

11 A Breath of Fresh Air: Phenomenological Sociology and Tai Chi Marc J. LaFountain LaFountain, Marc J. 175

12 Intentionality in Action: Teaching Artists Phenomenology David B. Haddad Haddad, David B. 193

13 Chasing Transcendence: Experiencing Magic Moments in Jazz Improvisation Steven C. Jeddeloh Jeddeloh, Steven C. 207

Index 225

About the Editors and Contributors 231

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Transformative Phenomenology - Recommended

    Transformative Phenomenology edited by Rehorick & Bentz '2008' provides wonderful insight into the relationship between the personal journey, phenomenology and transformation. The introduction provides some background on phenomenology - including its historical beginnings along with explanations as to how phenomenology complements or enhances more traditional empirical studies, and discusses phenomenological techniques such as bracketing or typification. Since both Rehorick and Bentz have studied the area of phenomenology over the past few decades, and since both began their careers in more traditional sociological approaches, their insights as to what makes phenomenology valid and uniquely powerful are striking. Phenomenology provides a way to find meaning from phenomena when empirical studies leave researchers wondering what they have learned. In addition, the very act of phenomenological attention affects the researcher as well as the participants - and acts as a transformative catalyst. Each chapter reveals a personal tale of human experience where a phenomenological approach provides insight and awareness for the author, the participants in the phenomenological experiences as well as for the reader. Chapters include stories of individuals who seek or who are sought by the transformative, and the effect that a phenomenological approach can have on a state of mindful becoming. Beginning with an introduction by the book's editors - Rehorick and Bentz, the contributions range from the most personal and deeply felt experiences related to birth, illness, and the transcendent possibility of community and collaboration - whether experienced by a group of Latina women in northern New Mexico or as experienced by a group of jazz musicians. While the narration of each experience is provided as a method for learning from the phenomenological approach to awareness, each chapter presents experiences and glimpses into lifeworlds that are fascinating in themselves. Simpson uses phenomenology to understand her own transformation by studying over two decades of her own journal entries. MacLean discusses the remarkable transformative possibilities for cancer survivers. Nonemaker donated one of his kidneys and uses that experience to discuss his phenomenological understanding while Nagata describes how phenomenology and hermaneutics aided her in communication and bodymind awareness when struggling as a foreigner to adapt to Tokyo society. Cordova uses phenomenology in shared stories from Latina women from northern New Mexico. LaFountain discusses transcendence - 'moving from one here and now to another' or to 'go beyond what is beyond'. The final chapter, Jeddeloh's 'Chasing Transcendence' is a superlative telling of the 'magic moment' as experienced by jazz musicians who are able to transcend ordinary experience and reach true communion through artistry, skill, embodiment, and a sense of non-verbal connection and flow that transcends time and the barriers of individuation. In each chapter, common themes are revisited, the Husserlian spiral 'where phenomenology adds to and enhances transformation and awareness', the close connection between hermaneutics and phenomenology, mindfulness, reflexivity and awareness, and ultimately - how the act of finding meaning through a phenomenological approach not only adds depth and understanding to what is studied, but is in itself transformational and affects all participants in that process. Highly recommended to those who are seeking their own understandings in awareness, transformation and the relationship to a phenomenological experience.

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