Understanding occupational justice from the concept of territory: A proposal for occupational science

Eugenia Pizarro, Silvana Estrella, Fernanda Figueroa, Francisca Helmke, Claudia Pontigo, G. Whiteford

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This article was developed based on dialogue and reflections during the First Occupational Justice and Social Inclusion Symposium in Chile, in 2016. It is intended as an invitation to discuss the relationship between territory and occupational justice. As a first step we review the concept of occupational justice and the forms of occupational injustice described to date. Subsequently, four elements of Gilberto Giménez’s (1996, 1999, 2005) concept of territory are introduced and their potential application in occupational science are explored from an occupational justice perspective. Building upon this, we propose a new form of occupational injustice, which we have named occupational displacement. Additionally, we suggest a potential use for this concept in the situation of campamentos or squatter settlements in Chile. In our opinion, an understanding of the situational basis of occupation can help delve deeper into the phenomena that underlie numerous situations of occupational injustice. © 2018, © 2018 The Journal of Occupational Science Incorporated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-473
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018


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