David Jones co-writes chapter on grief in book of phenomenology

David Jones, Ph.D., student success coordinator for the School of Education, has co-written a chapter in the book Deathworlds to Lifeworlds: Collaboration with Strangers for Personal, Social and Ecological Transformation, edited by Valerie Malhotra Bentz and James Marlatt and published by De Gruyter August 2, 2021. The chapter is titled “Grief and Unraveling in Romantic We-Relationships.” His co-writer is Whitney Strohmayr, who teaches psychology at Reading (PA) Area Community College and English to adult speakers of other languages for Collier County (FL) Public Schools. According to the publisher’s website: “Deathworlds are places on planet earth that can no longer sustain life. These are increasing rapidly. We experience remnants of Deathworlds within our Lifeworlds (for example traumatic echoes of war, genocide, oppression). Many practices and policies, directly or indirectly, are ‘Deathworld-Making.’ They undermine Lifeworlds contributing to community decline, illnesses, climate change, and species extinction. This book highlights the ways in which writing about and sharing meaningful experiences may lead to social and environmental justice practices, decreasing Deathworld-Making. Phenomenology is a method which reveals the connection between personal suffering and the suffering of the planet earth and all its creatures. Sharing can lead to collaborative relationships among strangers for social and environmental justice across barriers of culture, politics, and language.” More on the book at https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110691818) and more on the chapter at https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110691818-012.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations