The sociological significance of sleep : progress, problems and prospects
Williams, Simon J.. (2008) The sociological significance of sleep : progress, problems and prospects. Sociology Compass, Vol.2 (No.2). pp. 639-653. ISSN 1751-9020Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2007.00088.x
Sleep is something we all ‘do’ on a daily or nightly basis, consuming approximately a third of our lives. It is only relatively recently, however, that sociologists have begun to address the social significance of sleep. This paper, therefore, provides an invitation of sorts to a rich and fascinating new field of sociological inquiry, charting and commentating on the sociological significance of sleep in relation to the following seven key themes: (i) body and society; (ii) roles and routines; (iii) history and culture; (iv) work and employment; (v) gender and the life course; (vi) health and illness; and finally, (vii) politics and ethics. The paper concludes with some further critical thoughts and reflections on this sociological engagement with sleep to date and the theoretical, conceptual and methodological challenges ahead.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology Compass|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||March 2008|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 639-653|
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