Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Web of life support for three philosophies of occupation
by Gailey, Patricia, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2015, 286; 3712323
Abstract (Summary)

This philosophical study investigates how the web of life supports subjective, transactional, and community aspects of lived experience as evidenced by robust and spiritual lives. Research has substantiated the contributions of occupation and spiritual practices to wellbeing, but continues to promote a variety of definitions for each without sufficient attention to how the different definitions relate to each other. Also lacking is knowledge about how occupation and spirituality influence the physical processes of life and death. Capra’s (1997) web of life is an empirically based model of deep ecology that describes the three criteria requisite for sustained life. This study explores how the web of life supports (or doesn’t) three philosophies of occupation and locates them in the web in order to map their relationships with one another. Findings contribute to knowledge about how the three philosophies of occupation relate to each other and to robust and spiritual lives itself.

Occupational therapy theory and practice have traditionally been open to multidisciplinary influences even as scholars work to better understand the nature of occupations. This study similarly draws upon literature from disciplines of occupational science, consciousness, life sciences, depth and transpersonal psychologies, sociology, and religious and spiritual traditions. Constructivist grounded theory methodology was used because it is suited for the study of literature, lived experience, and for development of theory. Results are presented in textual and symbolic explanations of the findings. It is hoped that occupational therapists will find the information useful for further research, for education and program development, and for the development of holistic care options. It is also hoped that the content of this study might be restated for interested members of the lay population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fahim, Urusa
Commitee: Peat, David, Yerxa, Elizabeth
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational Therapy, Spirituality
Keywords: Meaning, Occupation, Spirituality, Web of life, Wellbeing
Publication Number: 3712323
ISBN: 978-1-321-89077-8
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