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Institutional Alienation [microform] : A Phenomenological Analysis / Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand
Bib ID 5477107
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Hoshmand, Lisa Tsoi
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
12 p. 

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)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Faculty.  |  Colleges.  |  Coping.  |  Faculty College Relationship.  |  Higher Education.  |  Institutional Role.  |  Teacher Alienation.  |  Universities.
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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