Title

Understanding the Experience of Fracking through the Model of Occupational Justice.

Location

Rock Island

Start Time

18-10-2014 11:05 AM

End Time

18-10-2014 11:35 AM

Session Type

Research Paper

Abstract

Key Words: Occupational Justice, Critical Theory, Narrative Analysis

Grounded in Laliberte-Rudman’s (2013) belief in the critical potential of occupational science to transform our understanding of occupational inequities, this paper will examine the occupation of fracking and the occupational impact it has on local residents, neighbors, and miners specific to the Williston, North Dakota area. Inspired by the work of Blakeny & Marshall (2009), this study will apply the model of occupational justice (Townsend & Wilcock, 2003) to examine how fracking contributes to occupational deprivation, occupational alienation, and occupational imbalance on a systems level in Williston, ND.

Fracking is a method used to extract oil from the earth. Fracking began in North Dakota in 2007 and in 2012, North Dakota surpassed Alaska to become the 2nd highest oil producing state. Williston is a small town in the north western region of North Dakota. Many studies have examined the environmental impact, but few, if any have considered fracking from an occupational justice perspective. The voices of people whose daily lives have been affected by fracking, especially those of miners and their families, are greatly underrepresented in the literature and media. Using narrative analysis, this paper will analyze newspaper articles published between 2007–2014 that include personal narratives and stories from residents, neighbors, and miners in Williston.

In keeping with the spirit of the theme of globalization for this conference, the local, national, and international impact of fracking specific to Williston, ND will also be studied and shared.

References

Blakeney, A., & Marshall, A. (2009). Water quality, health, and human occupations. American Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 63(1), 46-57.

Laliberte Rudman, D. (2013). Enacting the Critical Potential of Occupational Science: Problematizing the ‘Individualizing of Occupation’. Journal Of Occupational Science, 20(4), 298-313.

Townsend, E. & Wilcock, A. (2003). Occupational justice. In C. Christiansen & E. Townsend (Eds.) . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

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Oct 18th, 11:05 AM Oct 18th, 11:35 AM

Understanding the Experience of Fracking through the Model of Occupational Justice.

Rock Island

Key Words: Occupational Justice, Critical Theory, Narrative Analysis

Grounded in Laliberte-Rudman’s (2013) belief in the critical potential of occupational science to transform our understanding of occupational inequities, this paper will examine the occupation of fracking and the occupational impact it has on local residents, neighbors, and miners specific to the Williston, North Dakota area. Inspired by the work of Blakeny & Marshall (2009), this study will apply the model of occupational justice (Townsend & Wilcock, 2003) to examine how fracking contributes to occupational deprivation, occupational alienation, and occupational imbalance on a systems level in Williston, ND.

Fracking is a method used to extract oil from the earth. Fracking began in North Dakota in 2007 and in 2012, North Dakota surpassed Alaska to become the 2nd highest oil producing state. Williston is a small town in the north western region of North Dakota. Many studies have examined the environmental impact, but few, if any have considered fracking from an occupational justice perspective. The voices of people whose daily lives have been affected by fracking, especially those of miners and their families, are greatly underrepresented in the literature and media. Using narrative analysis, this paper will analyze newspaper articles published between 2007–2014 that include personal narratives and stories from residents, neighbors, and miners in Williston.

In keeping with the spirit of the theme of globalization for this conference, the local, national, and international impact of fracking specific to Williston, ND will also be studied and shared.