Feeling the strain: a cultural history of stress in twentieth-century Britain

Kirby, Jill (2019) Feeling the strain: a cultural history of stress in twentieth-century Britain. Social Histories of Medicine . Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781526123299

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Examining the popular discourse of nerves and stress, this book provides a historical account of how ordinary Britons understood, explained and coped with the pressures and strains of daily life during the twentieth century. It traces the popular, vernacular discourse of stress, illuminating not just how stress was known, but the ways in which that knowledge was produced. Taking a cultural approach, the book focuses on contemporary popular understandings, revealing continuity of ideas about work, mental health, status, gender and individual weakness, as well as the changing socio-economic contexts that enabled stress to become a ubiquitous condition of everyday life by the end of the century. With accounts from sufferers, families and colleagues it also offers insight into self-help literature, the meanings of work and changing dynamics of domestic life, delivering a complementary perspective to medical histories of stress.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Stress; Mass Observation; Self-Help; Nerves
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
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Depositing User: Jill Kirby
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85020
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