Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of the Northwest Communication Association

Publisher

Northwest Communication Association

Publication Date

Spring 1995

Abstract

Pondy (1983) states, "Metaphors help to organize the objective facts of the

situation in the minds of the participants" (p. 157). This investigation

sought to provide insight into how actors viewed retirement by uncovering

and analyzing metaphors associated with retirement. Differences in the

metaphors used by retirees and non retirees were also examined. Retirees

used metaphors which indicated that "Transition," "Emotion," "Freedom,"

and "Shedding Weight" are a significant part of the retirement experience.

This study suggests that metaphor analysis provides a richly varied and

salient source of information about social actors' perceptions of

organizational retirement.

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1995

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