Occupational Justice - Bridging theory and practice

  • Nilsson I
  • Townsend E
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Abstract

The evolving theory of occupational justice links the concept to social justice and to concerns for a justice of difference: a justice that recognizes occupational rights to inclusive participation in everyday occupations for all persons in society,
regardless of age, ability, gender, social class, or other differences. The purpose of this descriptive paper is to inspire and empower health professionals to build a theoretical bridge to practice with an occupational justice lens. Using illustrations from a study of leisure and the use of everyday technology in the lives of very old people in Northern Sweden, the authors argue that an occupational justice lens may inspire and empower health professionals to engage in critical dialogue on
occupational justice; use global thinking about occupation, health, justice, and the environment; and combine population and individualized approaches. The authors propose that taking these initiatives to bridge theory and practice will energize
health professionals to enable inclusive participation in everyday occupations in diverse contexts.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Ageing
  • diversity
  • everyday technology
  • leisure
  • person-centred practice
  • population health
  • social determinants of health
  • social inclusion

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Authors

  • Ingeborg Nilsson

  • Elizabeth Townsend

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