Journal of the Northwest Communication Association
Northwest Communication Association
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
Phillips, Steven R. and Bach, Betsy Wackernagel, "The Metaphors of Retirement : Cutting Cords, Disentangling from Webs, and Heading for Pasture" (1995). Communication Studies Faculty Publications. 5.