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The Sociology of Sleep

In this podcast Simon Williams talks about his new book the Politics of Sleep. While sleep is often taken to be a entirely private and natural part of human life, in recent years it has been the subject of a rich vein of interdisciplinary research.

As well as exploring the political dimensions to contemporary discourses and practices of sleep, the interview addresses some of the broader questions which sleep raises, situating these issues in terms of theories of modernity and human nature.

He also recently wrote an article on this research for the American Sociological Association’s Contexts magazine.

Researching In the land of ‘Nod’

One of Simon William‘s research interests is sleep. He was recently asked to write a short piece for the American Sociological Association’s Context Magazine, which is aimed at bringing sociological research and ideas to a wider audience.

You can read the piece here.

Invitation to Participate in Research Study

Dear all

We are currently undertaking a research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which aims to explore how people think about the relationship between sleep, work and health in contemporary society.

We are currently recruiting students to take part in the study and were hoping that you would be interested in taking part in this research.

It is up to you to decide as any participation is entirely voluntary. Should you decide to take part, we will invite you, along with around 6 other students to attend a focus group where we will ask you to discuss your experiences, attitudes and opinions about different ways of managing sleep and alertness in your everyday life. Everything you say will be treated as confidential and your identity will be anonymised. We will also give you a £10 gift voucher to say thank-you for taking part.

The focus group will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 17th August in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick and will last around 1 hour 30 minutes. If you are interested in taking part in the study or would like to find out more, please Catherine Coveney at: C.M.Coveney AT

Thank-you for your time and we hope to hear from you soon.

With best wishes,

Jonathan Gabe, Simon Williams, John Abraham and Catherine Coveney


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