Reflections on a renaissance of occupation

G. Whiteford, E. Townsend, C. Hocking

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At the close of the 20th century, there is a renaissance of occupation in occupational therapy and occupational science. Kielhorner (1992) offers an intraprofessional explanation that the growing interest in occupation recaptures occupational therapy's lost identity. An extraprofessional explanation is that postmodern ideas and social practices have helped to create a societal context in which a renaissance of occupation is welcome. Postmodernism raises questions and awareness of power, diversity, temporality, and situatedness in which normative ideas of occupation as paid work can be challenged. Since occupation is of primary concern to occupational therapy and occupational science, the authors reflect on postmodernism and its influence on a renaissance of occupation in these two fields. These reflections consider what such a renaissance means for occupational therapists and occupational scientists in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-69
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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