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Exhaustion : a history

Author: Anna Katharina Schaffner
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today our fatigue feels chronic; our anxieties, amplified. Proliferating technologies command our attention. Many people complain of burnout and economic instability and the thread of ecological catastrophe fill us with dread. We look to the past, imaging life to have once been simpler and slower, but extreme mental and physical stress is not a modern syndrome. Beginning in classical antiquity, this book  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Katharina Schaffner
ISBN: 0231172303 9780231172301 9780231538855 0231538855
OCLC Number: 1013907607
Description: ix, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Humors --
Sin --
Saturn --
Sexuality --
Nerves --
Capitalism --
Rest --
The death drive --
Depression --
Mystery viruses --
Burnout --
Epilogue: the future --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Anna Katharina Schaffner.

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This book helps us evaluate more critically the narratives we tell ourselves about exhaustion. By uniting the mind with the body and society , we attach larger questions of agency, willpower, and  Read more...

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Exhaustion is fluently written and brilliantly argued, and it will provoke thoughtful minds with the suggestion that exhaustion has a history. -- Edward Shorter, author of How Everyone Became Read more...

 
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