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A phenomenological study of the felt experience of community


1991 1991

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Some writers have suggested that for those who have a sense of community there exists deep personal connectedness, and a spiritual awareness of human and global interdependence. Five communitarians from different locales were interviewed to explore from a phenomenological perspective their felt experience of community life, with particular emphasis on their sense of personal and spiritual relatedness. The information from one of the participants was used for comparison purposes only, since she had left her community immediately prior to our interview. Half of the respondents had a felt sense of community and experienced nourishing and empowering relationships within it. They did not, however, speak of a deeper spiritual connection or awareness. One participant did not feel totally satisfied with community and it did not meet her emotional needs. The other community member did not have a felt sense of community but did feel a deep connectedness within it. It is unclear whether this feeling of connection was at an emotional or spiritual level. The interview data were examined with specific reference to elements postulated by McMillan \& Chavis (1986) as significant in community: membership, fulfillment of needs, influence and shared emotional connection. These elements were found to be relevant to all of participants' experience. However, while community life can be emotionally and personally fulfilling, it did not necessarily afford a sense of transpersonal relatedness or spiritual interdependence to those interviewed.

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Subject
Social psychology;
Social structure;
Religion
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0700: Social structure
0318: Religion
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Psychology; Community; Felt
Title
A phenomenological study of the felt experience of community
Author
Millington, Therese Olive
Number of pages
143
Publication year
1991
Degree date
1991
School code
0669
Source
MAI 44/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542585487, 0542585481
University/institution
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.T.P.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
EP15297
ProQuest document ID
303942359
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303942359
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