The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability

Paperback | December 3, 2016

byMark Jackson

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We are living in a stressful world, yet despite our familiarity with the notion, stress remains an elusive concept. In The Age of Stress, Mark Jackson explores the history of scientific studies of stress in the modern world. In particular, he reveals how the science that legitimates and fuelscurrent anxieties about stress has been shaped by a wide range of socio-political and cultural, as well as biological, factors: stress, he argues, is both a condition and a metaphor. In order to understand the ubiquity and impact of stress in our own times, or to explain how stress has commandeered such a central place in the modern imagination, Jackson suggests that we need to comprehend not only the evolution of the medical science and technology that has gradually uncoveredthe biological pathways between stress and disease in recent decades, but also the shifting social, economic, and cultural contexts that have invested that scientific knowledge with meaning and authority. In particular, he argues, we need to acknowledge the manner in which enduring concerns aboutthe effects of stress on mental and physical health are the product of broader historical preoccupations with the preservation of personal and political, as well as physiological, stability.

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We are living in a stressful world, yet despite our familiarity with the notion, stress remains an elusive concept. In The Age of Stress, Mark Jackson explores the history of scientific studies of stress in the modern world. In particular, he reveals how the science that legitimates and fuelscurrent anxieties about stress has been shap...

Mark Jackson is Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter. He has served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Funding Committee, Chair of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources Funding Committee, and Senior Academic Adviser (Medical Humanities) to the Wellcome Trust. He was a member of the Hist...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:December 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198794533

ISBN - 13:9780198794530

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Prologue: The Age of Stress1. The Shock of Modernity2. Adaptation and Disease3. The Biochemistry of Life4. The Cathedral of Stress5. Coping with Stress6. The Pursuit of HappinessEpilogue: The Search for StabilityBibliographyIndex