The Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2018: Occupational stories from a global city

POLLARD, Nicholas (2018). The Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2018: Occupational stories from a global city. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81 (9), 487-494.

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    The Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2018, given on June 12th 2018 at the 42nd Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, held at the Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, UK. This lecture aims to set out the potential for the global occupational therapy profession to exchange knowledge for social transformation practice. It identifies the profession’s concern with narratives as a vehicle for a socially critical approach to occupation, which can be used to negotiate intervention and action. Drawing on examples from literature, history and service users, the paper suggests that narrative provides a means for relating the value of occupation beyond professional boundaries to capture popular imagination and demand for the profession. Examples are given of the critical discussion of the everyday impact of health inequity, and in addressing diversity both in the profession and engaging service users. My lecture concludes that occupational therapy is a global network with the population of a city, and thus represents a community that can be a vibrant voice for social transformation through occupation through a reciprocal exchange of narrative. This is a collective and dialogical process which can draw on the experiences of both southern and northern hemispheres.

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    Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational Therapy
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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    Page Range: 487-494
    SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
    Depositing User: Margaret Boot
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 14:41
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 12:57

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