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The Slumbering MassesSleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life$
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Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674749

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674749.001.0001

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The Protestant Origins of American Sleep

The Protestant Origins of American Sleep

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(p.51) 2 The Protestant Origins of American Sleep
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The Slumbering Masses
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Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674749.003.0003

I trace discussions of sleep from early colonial America through the scientific efforts in the first half of the 20th century, focused on American idioms of sleep – which highlight concerns with efficiency and productivity. That sleep is known through its metaphors compounds the doubts that motivate clinical practice.

Keywords:   Medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural studies, American studies, Medicalization, Biopolitics, Desire, Affect, disability studies

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