7. Occupation and Ideology

  1. Professor Gail E. Whiteford PhD3 and
  2. Clare Hocking PhD4
  1. Ben Sellar BOccThy (Hons), PhD1,2

Published Online: 3 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118281581.ch7

Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation

Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation

How to Cite

Sellar, B. (2012) Occupation and Ideology, in Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation (eds G. E. Whiteford and C. Hocking), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118281581.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

  2. 4

    Department of Occupational Science and Therapy, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Author Information

  1. 1

    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

  2. 2

    University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333169

Online ISBN: 9781118281581



  • occupation and ideology;
  • concept of ideology;
  • conceptual foundations, drawing from Marxist notions of ideology;
  • redefinition of ideology, critical demands within occupational science;
  • Wilcock's invocation of natural human needs;
  • Latour, affirmation of multiculturalism, founded on mono-naturalism;
  • Zizek's using Marx and Engels, on sets of beliefs, unacknowledged social, political interests;
  • Althusser's formulation ideology, being within the practices themselves;
  • science, purified of personal, political prejudice, access to a non-social reality;
  • Is it right to defend, notion of a natural occupational human separated from society


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The dichotomous ground of critique

  • Ideology through history

  • Redefining ideology

  • References