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The Restless Compendium : Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites

Publication year: 2016

ISBN: 978-3-319-45264-7

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This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activists, historians, geographers and sociologists who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Rest’s presence or absence affects everyone. Nevertheless, defining rest is problematic: both its meaning and what it feels like are affected by many socio-political, economic and cultural factors. The authors open up unexplored corners and experimental pathways into this complex topic, with contributions ranging from investigations of daydreaming and mindwandering, through histories of therapeutic relaxation and laziness, and creative-critical pieces on lullabies and the Sabbath, to experimental methods to measure aircraft noise and track somatic vigilance in urban space.

Subject: Social Sciences, Sociology of Sport and Leisure, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology, Sociology of Culture, busyness, calm, wellbeing, activity, performance, sociology, life sciences, relaxation, therapeutic relaxation, history, song, music, urban space, bodies, mind