Looking like an Occupational Therapist: (Re)presentations of her comportment within Autoethnographic tales

Sally-Anne Denshire

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    The work of occupational therapists to do with ordinary-everyday activities of others is ambivalently represented. Indeed current notions of ‘regulated evidence’ and ‘wise practice’ can present clashing traditions for occupational therapists. Writing practice differently since the 1980s, I am interested in internal and external representations of lived bodies in practice. This chapter, about the role that representations(s) might play in better understanding practice and the body, draws on selected moments of my occupational therapy work from the 1980s. Each fictive re-telling of a selected article from my body of work placed in dialogue with a corresponding tale was presented in a portfolio of autoethnographic tales of sexuality, food and death. The excerpts in this chapter show the socio-material comportment of a 30-something occupational therapist going about her youth-specific practice in a paediatric hospital. Having a woman’s lived and practising body located in the foreground of these autoethnographic re-tellings provides a series of unexpected (re)presentations of professional practice. Professional comportment is disciplined and shaped through a series of experiences of comfort and discomfort occurring within, on and around a lived and practised body, as well as what inter-professional others notice about each other’s demeanour and conduct on a hospital ward.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBody practice
    Subtitle of host publicationThe body in professional practice, learning and education
    EditorsBill Green, Nick Hopwood
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319001401
    ISBN (Print)9783319001395
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    Name Professional and practice-based learning


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