1st Edition

Illuminating The Dark Side of Occupation International Perspectives from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Edited By Rebecca Twinley Copyright 2021
    222 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1 The Dark Side of Occupation: An introduction to the Naming, Creation, Intent, and Development of the Concept

    by Rebecca Twinley

    Section I Theorising the Dark Side of Occupation

    Chapter 2 The Dark Side of Occupation: Accumulating Insights from Occupational Science

    by Clare Hocking

    Chapter 3 The Dark Side of Occupation: An Historical Review of Occupational Therapy

    by Elizabeth Anne McKay

    Chapter 4 The Whole of the Moon: How Our Occupational Lens Helps or Hinders Our Exploration of the Dark Side of Occupation

    by Claire Hart

    Chapter 5 Ontological and Epistemological Considerations in Understanding Occupations in Extreme and/or Oppressive Contexts: "Doing Non Violent Resistance" in Palestine

     by Gail Whiteford and Aliya Haddad

    Section II Researching the Dark Side of Occupation

    Chapter 6 Homelessness and Occupation

    by Leonie Boland, Carrie Anne Marshall, and Lee Ann Westover

    Chapter 7 Occupational Transition from Smoker to Non-Smoker: The Perceived Consequences in Women’s Lives

    by Kerrie Luck

    Chapter 8 Self-Defeating Behaviour in an Individual with Borderline Personality Disorder from An Occupational Perspective

    by Sarah Mercer

    Chapter 9 Exploring the Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse Trauma in the Context of the Occupation of Work

    by S. Caroline Taylor

    Section III Occupational Therapy Practice

    Chapter 10 Challenges for Occupational Therapists Working with Clients who Choose Illicit, Immoral or Health-Compromising Occupations

    by Craig Greber

    Chapter 11 Substance Use and Recovery as Part of Daily Life: A Zimbabwean Perspective of Substance Use as an Occupation among Young Adults Living with HIV

    by Clement Nhunzvi and Roshan Galvaan

    Chapter 12 The Dark Side of Occupation in an Eating Disorder Intensive Day Service

    by Mary Cowan and Clarissa Sørlie

    Chapter 13 Occupational Engagement in Forensic Settings: Exploring the Occupational Experiences of Men Living within a Forensic Mental Health Unit

    by Karen Morris

    Chapter 14 The Development of an Assessment which Provides a Practical Application of the Concept of the Dark Side of Occupation for Practitioners and Students

    by Quinn Tyminski

    Section IV Occupational Therapy Education

    Chapter 15 Occupational Therapy Sounds Too Nice: Reflections from a Recently Trained Occupational Therapist

    by Kwaku Agyemang

    Chapter 16 The Dark Side of Studying at University

    by Priscilla Ennals

    Chapter 17 How the Dark Side of Occupation can be Instructed in a Course: Learning from Occupational Therapy

    by Julie Nastasi

    Chapter 18 Not Everything is Rosy and Not Everyone Wants to Fix their Garden: An Australian Example of Integrating the Dark Side of Occupation into Curriculum for Final Year Students

    by Amelia Di Tommaso

    Chapter 19 The Value of Exploring the Dark Side of Occupation in Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy Education, Using Homelessness as a Case Study

    by Miranda Cunningham and Jordan Pace

    Chapter 20: The Dark Side of Occupation: A Conversation of our Evolution and our Future

    by Rebecca Twinley, Karen Jacobs, and Channine Clark


    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".