Occupational therapy on the margins

POLLARD, Nicholas and SAKELLARIOU, Dikaios (2017). Occupational therapy on the margins. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 17 (2), 71-75.

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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.

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Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2017.1361698
Page Range: 71-75
SWORD Depositor: Jill Hazard
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 11:42
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16688

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