Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion

An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction

  • Sighard Neckel
  • Anna Katharina Schaffner
  • Greta Wagner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sighard Neckel, Anna Katharina Schaffner, Greta Wagner
    Pages 1-23
  3. Cultural-Historical Perspectives

  4. Exhaustion Syndromes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Johanna M. Doerr, Urs M. Nater
      Pages 77-104
    3. Wilmar B. Schaufeli
      Pages 105-127
    4. Linda V. Heinemann, Torsten Heinemann
      Pages 129-150
  5. Exhaustion and Self-Realisation

  6. Exhaustion Discourses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Michael Greaney
      Pages 237-256
  7. Exhaustion and the Social

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Sighard Neckel, Greta Wagner
      Pages 283-303
    3. Sighard Neckel, Anna Katharina Schaffner, Greta Wagner
      Pages 305-310
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 311-316

About this book


This interdisciplinary book explores the connections and 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 vast breadth of topics, this book will appeal to scholars of psychology, sociology, medicine, psychiatry, literature, and history.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome M.E. Neoliberalism Sociology Biology Literature History Mental health Depression Burnout Fatigue Anthropology Self Medication

Editors and affiliations

  • Sighard Neckel
    • 1
  • Anna Katharina Schaffner
    • 2
  • Greta Wagner
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of SociologyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.School of European Culture and LanguagesUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Institute of SociologyGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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