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Neurosis and Modernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden (Petteri Pietikainen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004160750
Neurosis and Modernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden (Petteri Pietikainen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004160750
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Title: Neurosis and Modernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden

Author: Pietikainen, Petteri

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004160750

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 394

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In late nineteenth-century Sweden, paths to modernity created socio-cultural conditions conducive to the dissemination of the language of nerves. This book shows how neurosis became an extremely contagious diagnosis, and how our modern language of discontent, stress and malaise has a history that goes back to the birth of modern neuroses in the 1880s. Hysteria, neurasthenia, psychoneurosis and other neuroses spread from middle-class women to all segments of the Swedish population, and by the mid-1950s nobody was safe from the medico-cultural virus of neurosis. While offering the first historical analysis of the ways in which neuroses became a national malady in Sweden, this book illustrates and analyses general aspects of social and cultural history during the Age of Nervousness.Table of contentsAcknowledgements, List of Abbreviations, Introduction: The Age of NervousnessPart I. Medicalised Modernity1. On the Swedish Path to Modernity2. How Swedes Became Nervous3. Weak Nerves, Degeneration and Racial Hygiene: Health Ideology in the Age of Nervousness4. Masters of Psychomedical Reality: Neurosis and the Medical ProfessionPart II. From the Age of Nervousness to the Era of Psychoculture5. Feminity, Sexuality and Childhood: Sources of the Nervous Self6. Remedies for Nervousness7. The Culture of ComplexesPart III. Doctors, Patients and the State8. On the Shattered Nerves of Dr Lennmalm's Private Patients9. Nervousness with Tears: Patients at the 'Nerve Clinic'10. How to Turn Neurotics into Productive CitizensConclusion: Neurosis as a Contagious DiagnosisBibliography, Index
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