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Occupational therapy on the margins

Pollard, Nick and Sakellariou, Dikaios 2017. Occupational therapy on the margins. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin 73 (2) , pp. 71-75. 10.1080/14473828.2017.1361698

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This article discusses occupational therapy’s pursuit of social concerns through practice with marginalised groups or engaging with diversity. In this article we understand the term marginalisation as referring to people who are socially excluded from the rest of the society in which they live because of some economic, cultural, or social difference. We take the perspective that the experiences of marginalised people offer one means of assessing public health and social cohesion. We also explore the profession’s recent literature on social transformation. Occupational therapy’s narrow demographic profile and dominance of a Northern discourse are critically discussed in terms of engagement with how the problems of marginalisation, such as health inequality and poverty, impact on occupation. We address some of the problems which arise through professional and organisational power when working with marginalised people. The article concludes with an overview of the complexity of challenges in developing actions to meet diverse needs from a profession that is still growing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Maney Publishing
ISSN: 1447-3828
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 August 2017
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 23:03

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