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Transformative Phenomenology


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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 Nortenas de Nuevo Mejico 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

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.


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! -- Francine Hultgren, University of Maryland
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. -- Frances Chaput Waksler, Wheelock College
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. * Springer Science + Business Media *

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