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The interconnected meanings of occupation: The call, being-with, possibilities
journal contributionposted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kirk ReedKirk Reed, C Hocking, L Smythe
While a range of literature has explored the meaning of occupation, the lived experience of occupation has been relatively neglected. In this hermeneutic phenomenological study 12 New Zealand adults who had experienced a disruption to their occupations were interviewed, on the assumption that disruption reveals things that are usually overlooked. The data were analysed by identifying key themes and engaging in a hermeneutic process informed by the philosophies of Heidegger and Gadamer. The findings suggest that the meaning of occupation is complex and tends to remain hidden. Three facets of meaning that work in unison, each interconnected with the other, emerged from analysis; the Call, Being‐with and Possibilities. The findings of this study are considered in relation to selected literature, to build on current understandings of the meaning of the occupation. While the study is acknowledged to have limitations in terms of sampling, the findings do have implications for occupational science which include building on knowledge of the meaning of occupation and considering occupation from a context wider than that of the individual.