Transactional Perspectives on Occupation

  • Malcolm P. Cutchin
  • Virginia A. Dickie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Malcolm P. Cutchin, Virginia A. Dickie
    Pages 1-10
  3. Theoretical Extensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Valerie A. Wright-St Clair, Elizabeth A. Smythe
      Pages 25-37
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Sharon Dale Stone
      Pages 95-106
    3. Karin Johansson, Malcolm P. Cutchin, Margareta Lilja
      Pages 107-117
    4. Lauren Holahan, Laurie Ray, Virginia A. Dickie
      Pages 133-143
  5. Methodological Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Antoine L. Bailliard, Rebecca M. Aldrich, Virginia A. Dickie
      Pages 157-168
    3. Kendra Heatwole Shank
      Pages 183-195
  6. Applications

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-266

About this book


An occupation is, most simply put, any activity we participate in that engages (occupies) our attention, interests, and/or expectations, at any point throughout the life course. This book offers an emerging and innovative perspective on occupation, based in the work of American philosopher John Dewey and other pragmatists, that challenges accepted ideas. Each chapter presents a lively and multifaceted dialogue on transactional perspectives on occupation. Scholars from Europe, North America, and Australasia have written a diverse set of arguments and case studies about occupation, covering theoretical, methodological and applied issues relevant to the topic. In addition, contributors make connections with significant authors from various disciplines that make clearer the roles of occupation and occupational science across many cultures and contexts. The transactional perspectives articulated in this book both implicitly and explicitly suggest that occupations are forms of activity that create and re-create a multitude of our relationships with the world. Often taken for granted by some academic disciplines, occupation is a core element of human life. This book is a provocative and critical analysis of the focal concept for occupational therapy and science.


American Occupational Therapy Association AOTA Being occupied in the everyday Core element of human life Deweyan educational philosophy Embodiment, growth and occupation Ethnography Home modification process John Dewey Life course Living with chronic conditions Meaning of occupation Occupational reconstructions after post-civil war Guatemala Occupational science Occupational therapy Place integration Quality of everyday occupation Research on occupation Situated nature of disability Situated nature of occupation Social justice Transactional perspective on Immigration Transactionalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Malcolm P. Cutchin
    • 1
  • Virginia A. Dickie
    • 2
  1. 1., Div Occupational Health, Dept Allied HeaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HChapel HillUSA
  2. 2., Div Occupational Health, Dept Allied HeaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HChapel HillUSA

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