Metaphors of mindfulness

Scherer, B. and Waistell, J. (2018) Metaphors of mindfulness. Contemporary Buddhism, 19 (2). pp. 417-447. ISSN 1463-9947.

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This critical comparison of Morgan’s (2006) ‘Images of Organization’ and Hanh’s (2013) ‘Work’ considers whether Hanh offers new insights and metaphors. Morgan’s legacy resides not in his images but in showing that the dynamism of organisational theorising requires the generation of new metaphors. His images transfer onto Hanh’s psychology but largely mediate different messages. This study extends Morgan’s imagery and his understanding of the role of metaphor. Morgan’s heterogeneous, archetypal metaphors proliferate epistemologies in order to theorise organisations and broaden possible actions, whilst Hanh’s more specific, vivid, prescriptive, humanistic, homogeneous and extended metaphors explicate mindfulness across epistemological, (inter)ontological and performative dimensions – mediating the message that mindfulness provides psychological insight to human interconnectedness and guides relationships at work. Hanh’s extended metaphors of mindfulness foster a deep psychological and practical understanding of organisational members as ontologically interpenetrated. His mindfulness and metaphors are complementary in that both coherently mediate and realise awareness of this.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology > BF0637 Meditation. Mindfulness
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5549-5549.5 Personnel management. Employment management
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > INCISE: Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice
Depositing User: Professor B Scherer
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 08:17
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 13:30

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