Illuminating The Dark Side of Occupation: International Perspectives from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (Hardcover)
This innovative volume introduces Twinley's concept of 'The Dark Side of Occupation'. Focused on less explored and under-addressed occupations, it is an idea which challenges traditional assumptions around the positive, beneficial, health-promoting relationship between occupation and health.
Emphasising that people's individual experiences of occupations are not always addressed and may not always be legal, socially acceptable, or conducive to good health, the book investigates how these experiences can be explored theoretically, in practice and research, and in curriculum content for those learning about occupation. Beginning with a discussion of some assumptions and misunderstandings that have been made about the concept, the substantive chapters present and analyse tangible examples of the concept's applicability. This ground-breaking and practice-changing text provides ideas for future research and highlights contemporary, internationally relevant issues and concerns, such as the coronavirus pandemic.
This book is an essential purchase for students in occupational therapy and science, and valuable supplementary reading for practitioners. It is also relevant to a wide interdisciplinary audience with an interest in human occupation, encompassing anthropologists, councillors, criminologists, nurses, and human geographers.
About the Author
Rebecca Twinley (known to many as 'Bex') recently took up the post of Senior Lecturer on the Occupational Therapy Programme at the University of Brighton. Bex is creator of the concept 'The Dark Side of Occupation', which has been attracting increasing global attention. Bex has been an approved member of the Occupational Therapy Europe Register of Experts in the area of dark side of occupation since May 2019. Her doctoral work focused on the lack of acknowledgement regarding a form of sexual offending that had been ignored: woman-to-woman rape and sexual assault. She enjoys thinking critically, challenging norms and assumptions, or just the plain and obvious lack of address of issues that impact upon people and their subjective experiences of occupations. Bex lives in East Sussex, UK and works at the University of Brighton, which she calls her occupational home.