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Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction

Schaffner, Anna Katharina and Wagner, Greta and Neckel, Sighard, eds. (2017) Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 316 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-52886-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Our age, it seems, is the age of exhaustion. 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 is equally present in a growing disenchantment with capitalism in its current neo-liberal form, in concerns about the psycho-social repercussions of ever-faster information and communication technologies, in a general distrust in grand narratives, and in anxieties about ecological sustainability.

Since the precise organic causes of chronic exhaustion are still being debated, exhaustion theories entail by definition assumptions about the relationship between the mind, the body, and society, which are often ideologically charged. Exhaustion theories frequently act as discursive spaces in which specific cultural discontents are negotiated. They therefore present fascinating case studies for an investigation of the ways in which individual discomfort and wider social dynamics are interrelated.

This multidisciplinary essay collection explores the connections and tensions between sociological, psychological, and biologic theories of exhaustion. Examining the status of exhaustion-syndromes in sociological, medical, psychological, psychiatric, literary, and historical accounts, it provides groundbreaking analyses of the complex interplay between the processes involved in the production of mental health diagnoses, socio-cultural transformations, and subjective illness experiences.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: Burnout, capitalism, globalisation, depression, neurasthenia, fatigue, CFS, ME, melancholia, acedia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Anna Katharina Schaffner
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 12:54 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 15:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59468 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Schaffner, Anna Katharina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7097-2145
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