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Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation



Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation

Gail E. Whiteford (Editor), Clare Hocking (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-28157-4 November 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages

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Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation is the must have resource for occupational therapists, occupational scientists, students and researchers. The book begins with a comprehensive review of the current literature and the knowledge generated to date. Reasons for the field's limited impact are proposed, including its focus on individuals rather than groups and communities, its psychological view of occupation, and its narrow focus on socially approved occupations. Global realities such as poverty, anti-social behaviour and ageing populations are discussed and implications for action are considered.

The second section of the books comprises a series of chapters that address the philosophical, theoretical and scientific bases that underpin and inform everyday decision making in occupational therapy practice. This is followed by a section on methodological and structural considerations. The concluding chapter offers a critical reflection on methods, strategies, values and relationships for the future, to achieve a relevant science that makes a difference to current occupational realities. Written by an internationally renowned team of contributors, this book offers a truly comprehensive critique of the field.

• Internationally renowned Editors and contributors
• First comprehensive text on occupational science
• Fully up to date with the latest thinking and research
• Links theory to practice

Dedication vii

About the Editors ix

Contributors xi

Preface xv

Part I: Introduction

1 Introduction to critical perspectives in occupational science 3
Clare Hocking and Gail E. Whiteford

2 What would Paulo Freire think of occupational science? 8
Lilian Magalhães

Part II: Understanding occupation

3 Transactionalism: Occupational science and the pragmatic attitude 23
Malcolm P. Cutchin and Virginia A. Dickie

4 Understanding the discursive development of occupation: Historico-political perspectives 38
Sarah Kantartzis and Matthew Molineux

5 Occupations through the looking glass: Reflecting on occupational scientists’ ontological assumptions 54
Clare Hocking

Part III: Ways of knowing occupation

6 Knowledge paradigms in occupational science: Pluralistic perspectives 69
Elizabeth Anne Kinsella

7 Occupation and ideology 86
Ben Sellar

8 Governing through occupation: Shaping expectations and possibilities 100
Debbie Laliberte Rudman

9 When occupation goes ‘wrong’: A critical reflection on risk discourses and their relevance in shaping occupation 117
Silke Dennhardt and Debbie Laliberte Rudman

Part IV: Ways of doing in occupational science

10 The case for multiple research methodologies 137
Valerie A. Wright-St Clair

11 Occupational choice: The significance of socio-economic and political factors 152
Roshan Galvaan

12 The International Society for Occupational Science: A critique of its role in facilitating the development of occupational science through international networks and intercultural dialogue 163
Alison Wicks

Part V: Visioning a way forward

13 Occupation, inclusion and participation 187
Gail E. Whiteford and Robert B. Pereira

Index 209

“It was useful that the book chose to include and highlight the International Society for Occupational Science…. It seems to have a key part to play in the development of occupational science.”  (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 February 2013)