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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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Early to Rise

Early to Rise

Creating Well-Rested American Workers

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The Slumbering Masses

Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, I discuss how insomnia is increasingly taken as a burden of society, not individuals, and that it is seen as affecting productivity and work; I compare this to the history of night work and shift work sleep disorders to show how Americans have come to primarily know disordered sleep through its impact on work lives.

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

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