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The Restless Compendium

Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Presents new, interdisciplinary insights about rest and its opposites

  • Offers inspiration for other research projects

  • Includes accounts of how the contributors and editors have tracked and reflected on their work across disciplinary boundaries to investigate rest as an aesthetic, political, physiological and sociological phenomenon

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Minds

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Altered States: Resting State and Default Mode as Psychopathology

      • Ben Alderson-Day, Felicity Callard
      Pages 11-17Open Access
    3. The Quest for quies mentis

      • Hilary Powell
      Pages 19-26Open Access
    4. Writing and Daydreaming

      • Hazel Morrison
      Pages 27-34Open Access
    5. Daydream Archive

      • Felicity Callard
      Pages 35-41Open Access
    6. Descriptive Experience Sampling as a Psychological Method

      • Charles Fernyhough, Ben Alderson-Day
      Pages 43-50Open Access
    7. The Poetics of Descriptive Experience Sampling

      • H. Pester, James Wilkes
      Pages 51-57Open Access
  4. Bodies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 69-69
    2. So Even the Tree has its Yolk

      • James Wilkes
      Pages 81-89Open Access
    3. Getting the Measure of the Restless City

      • Des Fitzgerald
      Pages 99-104Open Access
  5. Practices

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY license.

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. The essays are grouped by scale of enquiry, into mind, body and practice, allowing readers to draw new connections across apparently distinct phenomena.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines in the social sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities.


  • busyness
  • calm
  • wellbeing
  • activity
  • performance
  • sociology
  • life sciences
  • relaxation
  • therapeutic relaxation
  • history
  • song
  • music
  • urban space
  • bodies
  • mind


“This book … enables its readers to encounter or assemble a rich and compelling collage of rest as a multifaceted and many-threaded phenomenon, which may suggest new questions and modes of research. For those involved in or interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, the book serves as a open document of how a large interdisciplinary collaboration might be held together, both through the strategies of restlessness and openness, and through its reflexivity.” (Dr. Sarah Klein, Centre for Medical Humanities Durham University,, November, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Durham University , Durham, United Kingdom

    Felicity Callard

  • Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

    Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes

About the editors

Felicity Callard is Director of Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK and Professor in Social Science for Medical Humanities at Durham University, UK.

Kimberley Staines is Project Coordinator at Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK and an employee of Durham University, UK, with a background in law and publishing.

James Wilkes is Associate Director of Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK. He is a poet, writer and Senior Researcher at the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK.



Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Restless Compendium

  • Book Subtitle: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites

  • Editors: Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

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

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-45263-0Published: 07 October 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83253-1Published: 15 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-45264-7Published: 27 September 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 205

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sport Sociology, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology, Sociology of Culture

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)