Feeling the Strain

Feeling the Strain A Cultural History of Stress in Twentieth-Century Britain - Social Histories of Medicine

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Synopsis

Examining the popular discourse of nerves and stress, this book provides a historical account of how ordinary Britons understood, explained and coped with the pressures and strains of daily life during the twentieth century. It traces the popular, vernacular discourse of stress, illuminating not just how stress was known, but the ways in which that knowledge was produced. Taking a cultural approach, the book focuses on contemporary popular understandings, revealing continuity of ideas about work, mental health, status, gender and individual weakness, as well as the changing socio-economic contexts that enabled stress to become a ubiquitous condition of everyday life by the end of the century. With accounts from sufferers, families and colleagues it also offers insight into self-help literature, the meanings of work and changing dynamics of domestic life, delivering a complementary perspective to medical histories of stress.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526156099
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.461
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: -1g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm