Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Jacqueline A Taylor: The Construction of Identities through Narratives of Occupations

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Jacqueline A Taylor: The Construction of Identities through Narratives of Occupations

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Jacqueline A Taylor

The construction of identities through narratives of occupations.

University of Salford, 2008. PhD.

Occupational therapists believe that identity is shaped by engagement in occupations, but this relationship has yet to be fully understood. This thesis is an account of a study that aimed to investigate how narratives told about occupations contribute to the construction of identity.

Narratives, extracted from interviews with 17 leisure enthusiasts, were subject to systematic analysis of content, form and interactive elements. This was based on an understanding that identity is expressed in the meanings attributed to the events told in a narrative.

The meanings were used to construct a framework, which provides a basis for conceptualising the 'occupied self'. The framework is organised around three dimensions. The dimension of the 'active self' enables people to present themselves in terms of morality, competence and agency. The 'located self' enables them to present a sense of location in time, place, society and the body. …

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