Title

The Versatile Rooms, Interpretive Possibilities in Human Occupation

Start Time

28-10-2005 4:00 PM

End Time

28-10-2005 5:40 PM

Abstract

There has been a strong interest in narrative in occupational science as well as in occupational therapy in recent time. Narrative has been identified as a form in which humans make sense and meaning in everyday life. Further narrative is identified as playing a significant role in shaping humans’ occupational life. However the way narrative is used in occupational science and occupational therapy differs from the use in theory and practices of art and literature. In the latter narrative is rather related to production of fantasy and otherness whereas occupational therapy and occupational science tend to use narrative in relation to representation of individuals´ thinking and acting.

The aim of the present paper is to discuss and reflect on the use of narrative in occupational therapy/occupational science research in relation to the French philosopher Ricoeurs writings on distanciation as an interpretative resource in human meaning construction. Research on the occupation of playing theater as well as research on the therapeutic use of creative occupation will serve as empirical material in the analyses. Finally implication on the current use of narrative in occupational science and occupational therapy in relation to possibilities of production versus reproduction will be discussed.

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The Versatile Rooms, Interpretive Possibilities in Human Occupation

There has been a strong interest in narrative in occupational science as well as in occupational therapy in recent time. Narrative has been identified as a form in which humans make sense and meaning in everyday life. Further narrative is identified as playing a significant role in shaping humans’ occupational life. However the way narrative is used in occupational science and occupational therapy differs from the use in theory and practices of art and literature. In the latter narrative is rather related to production of fantasy and otherness whereas occupational therapy and occupational science tend to use narrative in relation to representation of individuals´ thinking and acting.

The aim of the present paper is to discuss and reflect on the use of narrative in occupational therapy/occupational science research in relation to the French philosopher Ricoeurs writings on distanciation as an interpretative resource in human meaning construction. Research on the occupation of playing theater as well as research on the therapeutic use of creative occupation will serve as empirical material in the analyses. Finally implication on the current use of narrative in occupational science and occupational therapy in relation to possibilities of production versus reproduction will be discussed.