Exploring the sociological aspects of sleep and their links to current health debates, this unique text discusses why sleep has been so neglected in sociological literature and examines significant modern issues such as:
Written by a key international figure in medical sociology, this is the first sociological examination of sleep, making it important reading for academics and advanced students of medical sociology, health studies, and sociology, as well as for professionals and policy makers involved in the area.
'Sleep and Society will make social scientists aware of the neglected third of social life and raise questions central to our lives. It belongs in the book shelf of every social scientist.' - Sociological Inquiry
1. Changing Theories and Explanations of Sleep 2. Sleep Through the Centuries 3. Sleep, Embodiment and the Lifeword 4. The Social Patterning and Social Organization of Sleep 5. Colonizing/Capitalizing on Sleep 6. Conclusions