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Chapter 1 From Deathworlds to Lifeworlds Through Collaborative Transformative Phenomenology

From the book Deathworlds to Lifeworlds

  • Valerie Bentz and James Marlatt


This collaborative action research based on Transformative Phenomenology highlights the increase in Deathworlds globally and fosters collaboration among strangers as a Lifeworld-making Antidote. Researchers engaged 78 participants from three universities and 14 countries in phenomenological writing to expand their awareness of experiences of significance in their lives. They connected via face-to-face communication and computer platforms. Recognizing and sharing emotional challenges, participants revealed Deathworlds within their Lifeworlds that included traumatic echoes of war, genocide, oppression, and practices that contribute to illness, community decline, and climate change. Participants and researchers collaborated on chapters including grief, death, addiction, environmental devastations, suicide attempts, and impacts of disasters. The participants developed reflective qualities of being such as open-mindedness, a sense of “wonder” and embodied awareness. These are among the Ten Qualities of Transformative Phenomenologists discovered from prior research. Deathworlds to Lifeworlds will appeal to those looking for practical ways to expand consciousness and promote collaboration for personal, social, and environmental transformation. The Dominant Worldview promotes Deathworlds at an exponential rate. A return to the IndigenousWorldview is essential. Collaborative Transformative Phenomenology provides a roadmap back.

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