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The Politics of Sleep - Women Who Kill

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 22 June 2011

One third of us now think we are sleep deprived. Why should that be? Who loses the most and how is society reacting? Laurie is joined by Stephen Williams to discuss a new area for sociology, the contested area of the 'politics of sleep'.
Also, what happens when a woman commits murder? It is a very rare event and can challenge ingrained notions about the nature of femininity. Perhaps because of that, a new study finds that there are existing stereotypes which guide the reaction of both the media and the judiciary to women who kill. Lizzie Seal and Louise Westmarland join Laurie to discuss our attitudes towards women, murder and femininity
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Simon Williams

    Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick

    The Politics of Sleep: Governing (Un)consciousness in the Late Modern Age
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230223672
    ISBN-13: 978-0230223677

    Find out more about Simon J. Williams
  • Dr Lizzie Seal

    Lecturer in Criminology at Durham University

    Women, Murder and Femininity: Gender Representations of Women Who Kill
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230222757
    ISBN-13: 978-0230222755

    Find out more about Lizzie Seal
  • Dr Louise Westmarland

    Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Open University

    Researching Crime and Justice: Tales from the Field
    Publisher: Willan
    ISBN-10: 1843923165
    ISBN-13: 978-1843923169

    Find out more about Louise Westmarland

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