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The first book to focus on theoretical perspectives that stretch to empirical examples and applied contexts
Draws on the most recent theoretical, empirical, and practical developments in occupational science and related fields
Provocative and critical analysis of the focal concept for occupational therapy and science
An occupation is, most simply put, any activity we participate in that engages (occupies) our attention, interests, and/or expectations, at any point throughout the life course. This book offers an emerging and innovative perspective on occupation, based in the work of American philosopher John Dewey and other pragmatists, that challenges accepted ideas. Each chapter presents a lively and multifaceted dialogue on transactional perspectives on occupation. Scholars from Europe, North America, and Australasia have written a diverse set of arguments and case studies about occupation, covering theoretical, methodological and applied issues relevant to the topic. In addition, contributors make connections with significant authors from various disciplines that make clearer the roles of occupation and occupational science across many cultures and contexts. The transactional perspectives articulated in this book both implicitly and explicitly suggest that occupations are forms of activity that create and re-create a multitude of our relationships with the world. Often taken for granted by some academic disciplines, occupation is a core element of human life. This book is a provocative and critical analysis of the focal concept for occupational therapy and science.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »American Occupational Therapy Association AOTA - Being occupied in the everyday - Core element of human life - Deweyan educational philosophy - Embodiment, growth and occupation - Ethnography - Home modification process - John Dewey - Life course - Living with chronic conditions - Meaning of occupation - Occupational reconstructions after post-civil war Guatemala - Occupational science - Occupational therapy - Place integration - Quality of everyday occupation - Research on occupation - Situated nature of disability - Situated nature of occupation - Social justice - Transactional perspective on Immigration - Transactionalism
1: Transactional Perspectives on Occupation: An Introduction and Rationale: Malcolm Cutchin and Virginia Dickie.- I. THEORETICAL EXTENSIONS.- 2: Dewey’s Concepts of Embodiment, Growth and Occupation: Extended Bases for a Transactional Perspective: Rebecca Aldrich and Malcolm Cutchin.- 3: Being Occupied in the Everyday: Valerie Wright-St. Clair and Elizabeth Smythe.- 4: Resituating the Meaning of Occupation: A Transactional Perspective: Kirk Reed and Clare Hocking.- 5: Conceptual Insights for Expanding Thinking Regarding the Situated Nature of Occupation: Debbie Laliberte Rudman and Suzanne Huot.- 6: Exploring the Transactional Quality of Everyday Occupations Through Narrative-in-Action: Meaning-Making Among Women Living with Chronic Conditions: Sissel Alsaker, Staffan Josephsson and Virginia Dickie.- II. CASE STUDIES: 7: Navigating Cultural Spaces: A Transactional Perspective on Immigration: Shoba Nayar and Clare Hocking.- 8: The Situated Nature of Disability: Sharon Dale Stone.- 9: Place Integration: A Conceptual Tool to Understand the Home Modification Process: Karin Johansson, Malcolm Cutchin and Margareta Lilja.- 10: A Transactional View of Shedding at the Berry Men’s Shed: Alison Wicks.- 11: A Transactional Perspective on a Consulting Practice: Lauren Holahan, Laurie Ray and Virginia Dickie.- III. METHODOGOCIAL IMPLICATIONS: 12: Where the Transactions Happen: The Unit of Analysis When Applying a Transactional Perspective: Lena Rosenberg and Karin Johansson.- 13: Ethnography and the Transactional Study of Occupation: Antoine Bailliard, Rebecca Aldrich and Virginia Dickie.- 14: Critical Discourse Analysis: Adding a Political Dimension to Inquiry: Debbie Laliberte Rudman.- 15: Mixed Methods and Pragmatism for Research on Occupation: Kendra Heatwole Shank.- IV. APPLICATIONS: 16: Deweyan Educational Philosophy in Occupation-Centered Curricula: Susan Coppola.- 17: Educational Implications of Taking a Transactional Perspective of Occupation in Practice: Ruth Humphry and Linn Wakeford.- 18: 21st Century Pragmatism and Social Justice: Problematic Situations and Occupational Reconstructions in Post-Civil War Guatemala: Gelya Frank.- 19: Occupational Justice’s Intents and Impacts: From Personal Choices to Community Consequences: Rachel Thibeault.- 20: Transactional Perspectives on Occupation: Main Points of Contribution in This Volume: Virginia Dickie and Malcolm Cutchin. .- 19: Occupational Justice’s Intents and Impacts: From Personal Choices to Community Consequences: Rachel Thibeault.- 20: Transactional Perspectives on Occupation: Main Points of Contribution in This Volume: Virginia Dickie and Malcolm Cutchin.