Towards an auto-ethnography of an occupational therapist's published body of work

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ACSPRI
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Conference
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Denshire Sally-Anne 2006, 'Towards an auto-ethnography of an occupational therapist's published body of work', ACSPRI, Canberra, Australia, pp. 1-21.
Issue Date:
2006
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My inquiry into writing concerns the place of arts-based inquiry in the occupational therapy profession and ways in which auto-ethnography can potentially contribute to a critical reading of an occupational therapist s published body of work. I am using writing as a method of inquiry, re-reading my publications written over two decades as occupational therapist at a metropolitan children s hospital and, more recently, a regional university. My new writing intends to be fictive and poetic, problematising those institutional ways of knowing (and writing) that I have taken for granted. The autobiographical story boards are entitled Always a writer , Being a therapist and Becoming academic . The new corpus will be a collection of untold stories from an auto-ethnographic inquiry into my published body of work. My hope is that these untold stories may recover a counter-historical imagination for occupational therapy, opening space for more reflexive, ethical practice.
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