ERIC Number: ED279924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Alienation: A Phenomenological Analysis.
Hoshmand, Lisa Tsoi
There is a need for a conceptual and methodological approach which can effectively elucidate individuals' experience of problematic transactions with their institutional system, and point to a healing process. The descriptive understanding of the meaning context of the phenomenon of alienation may shed light on the actions of the individual and the processes of coping or resolution. This study, explored personal alienation from one's work institution as experienced by university faculty. Subjects (N=7) were faculty from two public universities, including two non-tenure track assistant professors, three tenure-track assistant professors, and two tenured associate professors. In-depth interviews, totaling about 6 hours, used an open-ended question format. In three cases subjects were observed in university meetings. Interview and observation data were subject to content analysis. Analysis revealed themes of alienation resembling victimization, suggesting a degree of suffering not realized by the subjects themselves. The results suggest that a conceptual and methodological focus on experience has great value in understanding the psychological impact of alienation. Institutional practices and healing interventions which utilize quality of personal experience with the institutional system as the criterion of healthy person-system transactions are needed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).