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Sleep and society : sociological ventures…

Sleep and society : sociological ventures into the (un)known--

by Simon J. Williams

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This thin academic text is an effort to move sleep out of unconsciousness and into sociology. Williams includes an overview of other writers on sleep: historically, culturally, sociologically, scientifically, medically. He includes a very little, cautiously, about infants and children. Williams is chatty without wasting your time. He speculates a bit about where medicine and society are headed with sleep (especially sleep clinics and sleep medicine working with sleep in a pathological sense, moving away from the sleep lab). A worthwhile introduction to the field, and a good starting point for finding more sources. ( )
  rebeccaallen | Nov 10, 2006 |
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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:

the 24-hour society sleep and work homelessness dream analysis the medicalization and commodification of sleep.

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.

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