Occupational science has increasingly turned to complexity sciences and philosophy to articulate the intricacies of human occupation and overcome simplistic dualisms. Yet the dissolution of such dichotomies as human/non-human or active/passive within these models makes locating human agency in them challenging. I turn to DeLanda's assemblage theory to propose a way of reconsidering agency in complex systems. Assemblage theory intersects with complexity theory and its capacity to account for both human and non-human processes makes it highly relevant to occupational science. Occupational science, framed as a disciplinary assemblage, is used to direct focus upon two key aspects of assemblage theory: the significance of relations; and territory formation as a dynamic process. Agency, an issue of great importance to a field concerned with human occupation and action, is finally considered as an emerging product of the assemblage, to problematise the dualistic opposition of human activity and environmental passivity.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|