Collective Occupation in Public Spaces and the Construction of the Social Fabric
L’occupation collective dans les espaces publics et la construction du tissu social
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Kantartzis, S. & Molineux, M. (3917) Collective Occupation in Public Spaces and the Construction of the Social Fabric. Canadian journal of occupational therapy, 84(3), pp. 168-177.
Background. Contemporary research is expanding understandings occupation beyond that of the individual's doing, including the shared and social nature of occupation and the concept of collective occupation has been introduced. Purpose. A study aimed to explicate the concept of occupation in a Greek town Method. Ethnographic methodology was used and primary data included observation, participation and informal interviews. Analysis involved a hermeneutic process to develop a narrative of occupation in the town, including action, setting and plots. Findings. Occupation, a dynamic and multidimensional process, served to maintain the self, family and social fabric, and balance between and within them. Collective occupation maintained the social fabric through three forms: informal daily encounters in public spaces; organisation and associations; celebration and commemoration. Implications. Occupational therapists may consider engaging with the potential power of such collective occupation when working towards social change to enable just and inclusive societies.