Title

Occupational Justice - A Global Perspective

Start Time

29-10-2005 8:50 AM

End Time

29-10-2005 10:30 AM

Abstract

Occupational therapy is said to be based on the belief that there exists a fundamental relationship between people's dignified and meaningful participation in daily life ('occupation') and their experience of health, well-being and/or quality of life. Viewed from a global perspective, the understanding that all people are entitled to this experience ('occupational justice'), does not appear to explicitly inform and guide (drive) the development of occupational therapy and occupational science, and making these means available as relevant resources to people from all walks of life. However, recent publications and presentations at international conferences evidence an emerging interest in issues of (social) justice and participation.

This paper addresses a preliminary exploration of the political dimensions occupation. Politics are understood in terms of 'conflict and cooperation situations' that present an aspect of human occupation and human relationships that can be found everywhere. The author wishes to raise awareness about the political nature of our assumed 'shared interest in understanding and enhancing the health and well-being of people across cultures', and the need to develop political reasoning skills.

This presentation is made possible by support from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and SSO: USA.

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Occupational Justice - A Global Perspective

Occupational therapy is said to be based on the belief that there exists a fundamental relationship between people's dignified and meaningful participation in daily life ('occupation') and their experience of health, well-being and/or quality of life. Viewed from a global perspective, the understanding that all people are entitled to this experience ('occupational justice'), does not appear to explicitly inform and guide (drive) the development of occupational therapy and occupational science, and making these means available as relevant resources to people from all walks of life. However, recent publications and presentations at international conferences evidence an emerging interest in issues of (social) justice and participation.

This paper addresses a preliminary exploration of the political dimensions occupation. Politics are understood in terms of 'conflict and cooperation situations' that present an aspect of human occupation and human relationships that can be found everywhere. The author wishes to raise awareness about the political nature of our assumed 'shared interest in understanding and enhancing the health and well-being of people across cultures', and the need to develop political reasoning skills.

This presentation is made possible by support from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and SSO: USA.