Category: Edition 2 - November 2017


pdf.png Editorial for Volume 17, Edition 2 (November 2017) - By Editor-in-Chief  


The current edition of the IPJP may be termed “The Norwegian Number”. Apart from a book review by a Canadian PhD student whose fieldwork is based in northwestern Madagascar, the contributors to the content all hail from Norway, albeit from various academic and research institutions in the country. Evident from all of their papers is a background culture of collaboration and both public and political participation in establishing and supporting academic research as a national priority, and the existence of policies not only pointing to research foci, but making provision for the funding of approved research projects. Apparent too is a highly organised research-oriented academic system, with research teams and discussion groups providing procedural support for individual researchers. One can only be impressed, not only by the extent of official input and provision, but by the impact of this on research quality and depth. ...


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pdf.png Practising Physical Activity Following Weight-Loss Surgery: The Significance of Joy, Satisfaction, and Well-Being - By Karen Synne Groven, Målfrid Råheim and Eli Natvik  


While health care professionals advise those who have undergone weight loss surgery (WLS) to increase their levels of physical activity, research suggests that often this is not achieved. This paper explores the experiences of ten Norwegian women as they engaged in physical activity several years after weight loss surgery (WLS). In contrast to the existing literature, which explores physical activity post-WLS largely in terms of quantitative data and measurable outcomes, the present study sought to explore women’s lived experiences of physical activity, including the meanings they ascribed to different forms of activity and how such meanings changed over time. ...

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pdf.png Beyond Support: Exploring Support as Existential Phenomenon in the Context of Young People and Mental Health - By Mona Sommer and Tone Saevi  


Support in different modes, expressions and actions is at the core of the public welfare culture. In this paper, support is examined as an everyday interpersonal phenomenon with a variety of expressions in language and ways of relating, and its essential meaning is explored. The fulcrum for reflection is the lived experience shared by a young woman with mental health problems of her respective encounters with two professionals in mental health facilities. A phenomenological analysis of the contrasting accounts suggests that, when the professional relationship includes openness and risk, a certain degree of freedom of action is possible for both parties involved in the inevitably asymmetrical relationship. Support as “given” eludes controllable and measurable objectives, but imposes itself on the lived experiences of both the giver and the receiver as subject to readiness for acceptance. By not making assumptions about what support is, we open ourselves to the possibility of reciprocally experiencing moments revealing the essential meaning of support as lived.

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pdf.png The Interconnection between Mental Health, Work and Belonging: A Phenomenological Investigation - By Olav Tangvald-Pedersen and Rob Bongaardt  


It is well-known that a sense of belonging is crucial in relation to gaining and maintaining sound mental health. Work is also known to be an essential aspect of recovery from mental health problems. However, there is scant knowledge of what a sense of belonging in the workplace represents. This study explores the nature and meaning of a sense of belonging in the workplace as experienced by persons struggling with mental health issues.
Using a descriptive phenomenological methodology, sixteen descriptions of the lived experience of belonging in the workplace were analyzed. The analysis reveals that the experience of belonging in the workplace is restricted and fragile until the moment one becomes accepted, but grows stronger and more resilient as one chooses how one wants to participate. Nonetheless, the sense of belonging is haunted by mixed emotions and ambivalence between the wish to be taken care of and the longing for professional appreciation.

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pdf.png “I Guess that the Greatest Freedom ...”: A Phenomenology of Spaces and Severe Multiple Disabilities - By Kristin Vindhol Evensen and Øyvind Førland Standal  


This paper expresses wonder about how bodies in motion can lead towards an understanding of lived meaning in silent lifeworlds. In such lifeworlds, expressions are without words, pre-symbolic, and thus embodied. To address the wonder, phenomenological philosophy and phenomenological methodology were employed to frame an approach that acknowledges lives with disabilities as qualitatively different from, and yet not inferior to, nor less imbued with meaning than, lives without.
The paper focuses on spatiality as decisive in determining possibilities for persons to express their perspectives through a wide range of movements. Movements take place in the continuum between the spatiality of positions as objective bodily sensations and the spatiality of situations as embodied interactions with others and the world. Thus, in order to access the perspectives of students with severe and multiple disabilities, transitions between and movements within different spaces are examined. ...

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pdf.png BOOK REVIEW (By Seth Palmer) - Phenomenology in Anthropology and Fertile Disorder  


Kalpana Ram’s Work:
Kalpana Ram & Christopher Houston (Eds.) (2015). Phenomenology in Anthropology: A Sense of Perspective (Afterword by Michael Jackson). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. (330 pages)
ISBN: 978-0-253-01780-2
Cost:   E-book $34.99; Cloth $85.00; Paperback $35.00
Kalpana Ram (2013). Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press. (336 pages)
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3630
Cost:   $34.20

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