Two new excellent resources have been passed on to me by colleagues in the UK. I share them here.
1. Susan Corr, professor at the University of Northhampton, called our attention to a new book: Situating Everyday Life, by Sarah Pink. I have ordered a copy. The cover of the book — a view into the inside of a loaded dishwasher — grabs my attention. The chapter titles are equally engaging; here is a sample:
Tracing Neighborhood Flows: Making a Garden Place
Theorizing the Familiar: Practices and Places
Beyond doing the Dishes: Putting Kitchen Practices in Place
The Digital Places of Everyday Life.
The author is a Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. From my perusal of the book online, it appears that the content is couched in the language and theory of sociology. Coming from that theoretical perspective, i.e. outside the foundations of occupational theory, can be considered an advantage — offering us a wider and more expanded approach to the study of everyday occupation. Such new understandings can be thought of as enriching, in the same way that earning a higher degree in a related field is enriching. Obviously, we need continued depth and expansion in our occupational theory as well; we need both in order to keep our theory, education, and practice alive and moving forward.
2. In response to the previous posting about Craig Schuff and his blog “Broken Cord” http://brokencord.blogspot.com, Suzanne Martin from the University of Ulster sent me the online address for a second blog written by a person about her life and experiences after a spinal cord injury.
Melanie Reid is a journalist who writes for The Times UK. In April of 2010, Melanie sustained a riding accident. From what I viewed on her blog, it seems many of her postings are about her everyday life experiences since her accident, though she also blogs about other aspects of her life as a journalist. She prefaces the titles for her postings related to her spinal cord injury rather cleverly with the words, “Spinal Column”; a sampling of the subtitles offers the following:
Things that make me forget I’m paralyzed
2012 highs and lows
A moment of triumph
Parties are just too painful
A taste of freedom
Game of thrones
There’s a bit of feistiness in her postings — perhaps a part of her personality that is helpful to her in terms of being able to get on with her life after the riding accident.
The book Situating Everyday Life and Melanie Reid’s blog offer excellent material for teaching and for professional enrichment. Go for it!