The Politics of Sleep: Governing (Un)consciousness in the Late Modern Age
Why and how has sleep become increasingly politicized in contemporary society? Is a politics of sleep either possible or desirable? What light does ... Show synopsis Why and how has sleep become increasingly politicized in contemporary society? Is a politics of sleep either possible or desirable? What light does sleep shed on the governance of bodies and the management of everyday/night life? These are some of the questions this timely and topical book addresses in a rich and fascinating account of the politics of sleep in the late modern age. Sleep is not simply a political matter, it is also increasingly politicized, from the bedroom to the boardroom, the classroom to the clinic, the laboratory to the law courts, even the military battlefield. In an increasingly time-squeezed era, the future of sleep becomes increasingly contested or uncertain: something to be defended, downsized or even perhaps done away with altogether. The Politics of Sleep is a must read for anyone concerned with that vital third of their life spent asleep and the manner in which this seemingly most personal and private of acts is becoming ever more politicised in contemporary society as a problem for us all.