A situated and transactional perspective on the resilient nature of occupation

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Everyday life is full of changeable situations shaping engagement in occupation. Applying a pragmatic philosophical perspective, engagement in occupation is constantly acted out as experiments under the premise of indeterminate situations open to inquiry. Applying John Dewey’s theory on inquiry, forms a basis for conceptualising engagement in occupation as a practical acting of inquiry. Following this reasoning, it can be argued that occupation holds a transformative capacity obtained through “doing the next”.If this perspective is pursued even further, the transformative capacity of occupation can be described as the prime source of resilience, in the attempt to obtain stability in challenging situations in everyday life.
The objective of this theoretical presentation is to analyse and discuss a situated and transactional perspective on the resilient nature of occupation.
A theoretical analysis based on research on situated and transactional perspectives on occupation.
The application of pragmatism as a theoretical point of departure allows us to form the theoretical hypothesis that the transformative capacity of occupation can be viewed as a prime source of resilience.
The resilient nature of occupation can be identified in the situated nature of knowing and acting as unfolded through engagement in occupation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventCOTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021 (online) - Prag (online), Prag, Czech Republic
Duration: 15 Sept 202118 Sept 2021
Conference number: 2


ConferenceCOTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021 (online)
LocationPrag (online)
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
OtherEn konference afviklet af Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries (COTEC) and European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE). Temaet for konferencen var Occupational Therapy Europe - Building resilience in indivi...
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