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Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion

An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction

Editors: Neckel, Sighard, Schaffner, Anna Katharina, Wagner, Greta (Eds.)

  • Analyses the social forces that shape the ways that we talk about and understand health and well-being
  • Demonstrates that distress is often culturally and socially shaped
  • Traces conceptions of fatigue and depression across time
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About this book

This interdisciplinary book explores both the connections and the tensions between sociological, psychological, and biological theories of exhaustion. It examines how the prevalence of exhaustion – both as an individual experience and as a broader socio-cultural phenomenon – is manifest in the epidemic rise of burnout, depression, and chronic fatigue. It provides innovative analyses of the complex interplay between the processes involved in the production of mental health diagnoses, socio-cultural transformations, and subjective illness experiences. Using many of the existing ideologically charged exhaustion theories as case studies, the authors investigate how individual discomfort and wider social dynamics are interrelated. Covering a broad range of topics, this book will appeal to those working in the fields of psychology, sociology, medicine, psychiatry, literature, and history.

About the authors

Sighard Neckel is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has published almost 180 articles and several academic volumes which cover a wide range of sociological topics in the fields of cultural sociology, social inequality, economic sociology, sociology of emotions, and social theory. 

Anna Katharina Schaffner is Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent, UK. She has published on the histories of exhaustion, sexology and psychoanalysis, Dada, the film director David Lynch, and various modern writers.

Greta Wagner is Research Associate at the Institute of Sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has published on strategies of self-optimisation, especially the self-medication with cognitive enhancing drugs, and on burnout.


Reviews

“This book discusses different theories of exhaustion, from different disciplines such as biology, sociology, and psychology, and demonstrates its impact on medical and mental health. … This is an interesting book that examines exhaustion from a number of perspectives, presenting cross‐cultural studies and possible solutions. It will appeal to a wide audience in psychology, psychiatry, and sociology.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2017)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Neckel, Sighard (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

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  • Pre-Modern Exhaustion: On Melancholia and Acedia

    Schaffner, Anna Katharina

    Pages 27-50

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  • Neurasthenia and Managerial Disease in Germany and America: Transnational Ties and National Characteristics in the Field of Exhaustion 1880–1960

    Kury, Patrick

    Pages 51-73

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  • Exhaustion Syndromes: Concepts and Definitions

    Doerr, Johanna M. (et al.)

    Pages 77-104

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  • Burnout: A Short Socio-Cultural History

    Schaufeli, Wilmar B.

    Pages 105-127

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Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52887-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 117,69 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52886-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion
Book Subtitle
An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction
Editors
  • Sighard Neckel
  • Anna Katharina Schaffner
  • Greta Wagner
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52887-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52887-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52886-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 316
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