Stress – the plague of modern life? (Or how and why we all became stressed and what we’ve done about it for the last hundred years)

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Wednesday 13 November 2019
WB5, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

Drawing on self-help books from across the century, Dr Jill Kirby will discuss the ways that people have conceptualised their responses to the ‘troubles of life’, how they have explained and understood them and what they have done to try to deal with them.  By examining the often-repeated idea that modern life is particularly stressful, she will unpick the recent history of stress and its predecessor, ‘nerves’. The paper will suggest that while people have always experienced pressure, tensions and strain, by the end of the millennium stress had become ubiquitous due to changing socio-economic conditions coupled with the pathologization of many aspects of everyday life.

Discussant: Dr Sian Edwards (University of Winchester), Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester).

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

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