The Politics of Sleep: Governing (Un)consciousness in the Late Modern Age

Paperback | April 15, 2011

bySimon J. Williams

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Why has sleep become increasingly politicized in contemporary society? This book provides an account of the politics of sleep in the late modern age. The future of sleep has become contested and uncertain: something to be defended, downsized or even perhaps (one day) done away with altogether.

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Why has sleep become increasingly politicized in contemporary society? This book provides an account of the politics of sleep in the late modern age. The future of sleep has become contested and uncertain: something to be defended, downsized or even perhaps (one day) done away with altogether.

SIMON J. WILLIAMS is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He is author of ten books, including Sleep and Society;Medicine and the Body and Emotion and Social Theory, innumerable journal articles and book chapters, and edits a book series with Routledge, Critical Studies on Health and Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.91 × 5.07 × 0.53 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230223672

ISBN - 13:9780230223677

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of Sleep?
Restless Times? Waking up to 'Fast' Capitalism
(Ir)Responsibility: Vigilance, Virtue and the Politics of Blame
(In)Justice: The Rights and Wrongs of Sleep
Unconsciousness/Unruliness: The Sleep of Reason and the Politics of…Release?
Technoscientific Transformations: Sleep Science, Biomedicine and the Future of Sleep…
Afterword: In Search of Sleep…
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"In The Politics of Sleep, Simon Williams advances a provocative yet simplistic central argument: that ''sleep is political through and through''... Williams however is not just interested in making blanket statements and this is where his scholarship is at its most exceptional."- Contemporary Sociology "This carefully crafted book is beautifully written, providing an elegant and convincing argument of relevance for sociologists of health and illness, as well as sociologists of the body and those interested in broader structural issues associated with global capitalism." - Sociology of Health and Illness