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Sleep and Society

Arber, S, Meadows, R and Venn, S (2012) Sleep and Society In: The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 223-247. ISBN 978-0-19-537620-3

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This chapter demonstrates how sleep is inextricably linked to ‘society’. Part 1 illustrates how sleep and its disorders are historically and culturally divergent and that ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ we sleep differ depending on the society in which we live. Part 2 focuses in more detail on the ‘private’ nature of Western sleep. Sleep is affected by the social context where it occurs, and is thus influenced by household composition, power, gender, social roles and life course position. Finally, we examine sleep in care-giving and institutional contexts, where sleep is not only ‘observed’, but may be disturbed by those undertaking care or surveillance at night. Sleep is also socially patterned with the socially disadvantaged most likely to report sleep problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Arber, S
Meadows, R
Venn, S
Editors :
Morin, CM
Espie, CA
Date : 15 March 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : sleep, society
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chapter published as Arber SL, Meadows R, Venn S (2012). Sleep and Society In The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Editors: Morin CM, Espie CA. 223-247. Oxford University Press, New York 15 Mar 2012. Available at:
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Date Deposited : 20 Feb 2013 15:40
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:00

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