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The Sociology of Sleep

Meadows, Robert, Williams, S, Gabe, J, Coveney, C and Arber, Sara (2018) The Sociology of Sleep In: Sleep, Health and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health. Oxford University Press, pp. 171-178. ISBN 978– 0– 19– 877824– 0

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Abstract

Over the past decade, sociological studies have convincingly demonstrated that sleep is a socially, culturally and historically variable phenomenon. How we sleep, when we sleep, where we sleep, what meaning and value we accord sleep, let alone with whom we sleep, vary around the world, both past and present, within and between cultures and within different segments of society. This chapter outlines two interrelated strands of recent sociological work; how (i) sleep is a ‘practice’, which is ‘done’ and ‘negotiated’ with others; and (ii) the problems and prospects surrounding the medicalisation of sleep. The concluding section summarises the importance of sociological studies of sleep for public health.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Meadows, RobertR.Meadows@surrey.ac.uk
Williams, S
Gabe, J
Coveney, C
Arber, SaraS.Arber@surrey.ac.uk
Editors :
NameEmailORCID
Cappuccio, F
Miller, M
Lockley, S
Rajaratnam, S
Date : 14 June 2018
Copyright Disclaimer : © Oxford University Press 2018
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Jun 2018 11:33
Last Modified : 19 Jun 2018 06:14
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846993

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