ERIC Number: ED471836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
The Ambushed Spirit: Perspective, Violence and Downsizing.
A study explored downsizing from the perspective of the person separated from the job and its connection to violence and peace studies. Literature on downsizing, violence, peace studies, and organizational studies was reviewed. Participants were 28 white-collar employees, including the researcher, separated from the same organization. Data were derived from a demographic profile form, individual interviews, journaling and field notes, electronic communication among the colleagues in transition and the researcher. Findings indicated people experienced downsizing differently based on individual perspective and context; language used to describe gradations of violence can be positioned along a continuum between violence and peace, disorder and order, social injustice and social justice, barbarity and civility, according to the way in which the downsizing was perceived; experiences of downsizing described a gap between potential and actual realization of one or more basic human needs; stories of the downsizing suggest corroboration of personal, structural, and cultural violence to render it acceptable; most employees affected by the downsizing believed there was nothing they could do to alter the decision; few participants considered alternatives to downsizing by forced separation; and the common element of these participants' downsizing experience was separation. (16 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aggression, Dislocated Workers, Dismissal (Personnel), Emotional Response, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Helplessness, Labor Turnover, Peace, Personnel Management, Personnel Policy, Power Structure, Reduction in Force, Unemployment, Violence, White Collar Occupations
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 ($30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Adult Education Research Conference (43rd, Raleigh, NC, May 24-26, 2002).