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The occupational therapist as a political being

Sakellariou, Dikaios and Pollard, Nick 2015. The occupational therapist as a political being. Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional 22 (3) , pp. 643-652. 10.4322/cto.2014.087

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In this article we argue for the development of an understanding of human occupation as being inherently political. Occupational therapy is broadly about the experience of ‘doing’ as the basis of social participation. This requires access to the means of participation: space, facilities and resources for different forms of human action, and occupational therapists need to develop an understanding of how access to these means is regulated. In this article we develop an argument for the development of a political occupational therapy. We do this by outlining the role of occupational therapists as activists as well as reflectors drawing on comparisons with cultural practice in community publishing; by discussing the development of a language that will enable the recognition and exploration of power differentials, and by delineating the importance of experiential knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Universidade Federal de São Carlos
ISSN: 0104-4931
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Date of Acceptance: 31 July 2014
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 15:36

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