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No Time for Rest: An Exploration of Sleep and Social Harm in the North East Night‑Time Economy (NTE)

BUSHELL, Mark (2022) No Time for Rest: An Exploration of Sleep and Social Harm in the North East Night‑Time Economy (NTE). Critical Criminology. ISSN 1572-9877

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This article explores the problem of sleep deprivation amongst migrant workers in North East England’s night-time economy (NTE). After first outlining some of the physical and psychological effects of sleep loss, the narrative then focuses on primary accounts drawn from unstructured interviews (n = 16) and short vignettes with migrant workers. The article uses a framework grounded in social harm to explicate the declining recognition afforded to sleep and recuperation among night workers, constructing this as a socially corrosive outcome of neoliberal economic relations and the cultural injunctions that accompany it. The forfeiture of sleep among workers can also form an important point of departure for exploring a nexus of harms that suffuse the nocturnal service industry for low-paid migrant workers. These can have far-reaching consequences for well-being, as they expose the fraying of labour relations in the NTE and act as an affront to the possibility of human flourishing.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism
Depositing User: Mark BUSHELL
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 14:44
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2023 01:38

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