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Transformative Phenomenology: Changing Ourselves, Lifeworlds, and Professional Practice

Transformative Phenomenology: Changing Ourselves, Lifeworlds, and Professional Practice


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ISBN-13: 9780739124123
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Part I. Coming to Phenomenology: Saying Why and Showing How Chapter 4 1. Transformative Phenomenology: A Scholarly Scaffold for Practitioners Chapter 5 2. Male Experiences of Pregnancy: Bridging Phenomenological and Empirical Insights Chapter 6 3. Experiencing Phenomenology as Mindful Transformation: An Autobiographical Account Part 7 Part II. Lessons from Illness and Personal Trauma: Pathways to Individual Change Chapter 8 4. Trial by Fire: The Transformational Journey of an Adult Male Cancer Survivor Chapter 9 5. My Body the Traitor: Fearing a Recurrence of Breast Cancer Chapter 10 6. Take My Kidney Please: An Organ Donor's Experience Part 11 Part III. Empowerment in Workworlds: Self-Other Transformations in Corporate Environments Chapter 12 7. The Lifeworld of High Performance Teams: An Experiential Account Chapter 13 8. Personal Power: Realizing Self in Doing and Being Chapter 14 9. Bodymindfulness and Energetic Presence in Intercultural Communication Part 15 Part IV. Experiencing Transcendence: Personal Transformation as Collaborative Accomplishment Chapter 16 10. Finding Voice and Reclaiming Identity: Embodied Wisdom in the Lived Experience of Norteñas de Nuevo Méjico Chapter 17 11. A Breath of Fresh Air: Phenomenological Sociology and Tai Chi Chapter 18 12. Intentionality in Action: Teaching Artists Phenomenology Chapter 19 13. Chasing Transcendence: Experiencing Magic Moments in Jazz Improvisation

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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