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Frontiers, Fictions, Futures

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  • A critical exploration of the changing norms and forms of sleep in technosocial times
  • Considers the ways in which sleep is being measured, commodified and ‘hacked’ by technology
  • A timely look at the future – or futures – of sleep through the lens of science, technology and culture

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This book draws on a variety of substantive examples from science, technology, medicine, literature, and popular culture to highlight how a new technoscientifically mediated and modified phase and form of technosleep is now in the making – in the global north at least; and to discuss the consequences for our relationships to sleep, the values we accord sleep and the very nature and normativities of sleep itself.
The authors discuss how technosleep, at its simplest denotes the ‘coming together’ or ‘entanglements’ of sleep and technology and sensitizes us to various shifts in sleep–technology relations through culture, time and place. In doing so, it pays close attention to the salience and significance of these trends and transformations to date in everyday/night life, their implications for sleep inequalities and the related issues of sleep and social justice they suggest. 


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

    Catherine Coveney

  • English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    Michael Greaney

  • School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

    Eric L. Hsu

  • Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

    Robert Meadows

  • Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

    Simon J. Williams

About the authors

Catherine Coveney is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University, UK.

Michael Greaney is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Eric L. Hsu is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of South Australia.

Robert Meadows is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Surrey University.

Simon J. Williams is emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Technosleep

  • Book Subtitle: Frontiers, Fictions, Futures

  • Authors: Catherine Coveney, Michael Greaney, Eric L. Hsu, Robert Meadows, Simon J. Williams

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30598-6Published: 27 June 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-30599-3Published: 25 June 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 201

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Studies, Medical Sociology, Human Geography, Neuropsychology, Public Health

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