Title

ISOS Session [1]: Mapping the discussion about social issues and building international dialogues

Location

Great Hall

Start Time

16-10-2014 8:30 AM

End Time

16-10-2014 10:00 AM

Session Type

Panel

Abstract

Occupational Justice and Social Occupational Therapy: mapping the discussion about social issues and building international dialogues

Ana Malfitano, Lilian Magalhães & Elizabeth Townsend

In the last two decades, the discussions of social issues and the link between social justice and occupations in daily life have been upfront in occupational science literature worldwide. Occupational justice is related to the occupational opportunities that individuals and communities have to develop meaningful occupations and equally advance their potential. In Brazil, social occupational therapy aims to work toward social inclusion of individuals and groups who experience persistent social, cultural, and economic disadvantage. The claim for social occupational therapy is that a politically and ethically framed perspective is essential for researchers to understand contemporary social issues such as living conditions, inclusive entitlements, and social and occupational rights. A research project is underway, for which the main question is: What kind of discussion about social issues there is on occupational science and on occupational therapy around the world? From this question it is proposed the possibility of dialogue between occupational justice and social occupational therapy, focusing on these two concepts. The project is framed as a dialogical encounter, informed by Paulo Freire’s legacy of critical reflexivity. It is proposed in three subprojects: I) Scoping review of the literature on the production of occupational therapy related to social issues in Portuguese and English. II) Interviews with researchers identified nationally and internationally will be performed, compiling their narratives about the production in the field, theoretical foundations and future challenges, seeking to reflect with the participants about the conceptual and technical tensions identified by Subproject I. III) Working groups will be planned in order to integrate the other subprojects and produce an expanded discussion in the format of a scientific event. Narrative analysis will be done to reveal trends, similarities, contradictions, and conceptual tensions in the data. Much attention will be given to the contexts of each country and its specificities. It is expected that the outcomes of this discussion will contribute to a deeper understanding of occupation and its underpinnings and the assumptions of Social Occupational Therapy. As well it would stimulate discussions on translation of knowledge in occupational science across international contexts, indicating others interlocutors to dialogue in Occupational Science.

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ISOS Session [1]: Mapping the discussion about social issues and building international dialogues

Great Hall

Occupational Justice and Social Occupational Therapy: mapping the discussion about social issues and building international dialogues

Ana Malfitano, Lilian Magalhães & Elizabeth Townsend

In the last two decades, the discussions of social issues and the link between social justice and occupations in daily life have been upfront in occupational science literature worldwide. Occupational justice is related to the occupational opportunities that individuals and communities have to develop meaningful occupations and equally advance their potential. In Brazil, social occupational therapy aims to work toward social inclusion of individuals and groups who experience persistent social, cultural, and economic disadvantage. The claim for social occupational therapy is that a politically and ethically framed perspective is essential for researchers to understand contemporary social issues such as living conditions, inclusive entitlements, and social and occupational rights. A research project is underway, for which the main question is: What kind of discussion about social issues there is on occupational science and on occupational therapy around the world? From this question it is proposed the possibility of dialogue between occupational justice and social occupational therapy, focusing on these two concepts. The project is framed as a dialogical encounter, informed by Paulo Freire’s legacy of critical reflexivity. It is proposed in three subprojects: I) Scoping review of the literature on the production of occupational therapy related to social issues in Portuguese and English. II) Interviews with researchers identified nationally and internationally will be performed, compiling their narratives about the production in the field, theoretical foundations and future challenges, seeking to reflect with the participants about the conceptual and technical tensions identified by Subproject I. III) Working groups will be planned in order to integrate the other subprojects and produce an expanded discussion in the format of a scientific event. Narrative analysis will be done to reveal trends, similarities, contradictions, and conceptual tensions in the data. Much attention will be given to the contexts of each country and its specificities. It is expected that the outcomes of this discussion will contribute to a deeper understanding of occupation and its underpinnings and the assumptions of Social Occupational Therapy. As well it would stimulate discussions on translation of knowledge in occupational science across international contexts, indicating others interlocutors to dialogue in Occupational Science.