Special Issue "Exploring Human Doing through an Occupational Lens"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Interests: experiences of mental illness; community based rehabilitation; meaningfulness and occupational narratives in community writing groups
Interests: disability; access to health; health disparities; intersectionality
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This Special Issue invites manuscripts addressing the connection between the social and the occupational. Since the discipline of occupational science was announced 25 years ago as an underpinning for the occupational therapy profession, many new occupational concepts have been developed to capture ideas about the human significance of ‘doing’ and its relationship to social identity. The individualistic assumptions, which characterize this professional discourse, are being challenged as these terms do not adequately address social approaches or population based needs.
The austerity measures being applied in several countries are pressuring traditional service structures or leading to new service markets for health and social care. As health and social care is being reoriented to address preventative health measures—dealing with what people do and how this impacts on the way that they become patients, clients, or customers of services—it might be argued that an occupational base is potentially a central focus for effective planning to meet the diverse and complex needs of society: the changes needed to address ageing populations; the need for greater social and cultural inclusion; the impact of economic disparities; the relationship between health, the environment and climate change.
Contributions to this Special Issue will critically engage with some of the issues above. We also invite contributions that will critically discuss whether these wider concerns are a distraction from the essential clinical work of occupational therapy, or are instead necessary areas of development.
The Call for Paper is open to authors from, for example, occupational therapy, occupational science, ability studies, disability studies, narrative studies, anthropology, culture, and social history. Interdisciplinary researchers are particularly invited to submit papers.
Dr. Nick Pollard
Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou
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- occupational therapy
- occupational science
- ability studies
- disability studies
- illness experiences