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Cabin Fever: Surviving Lockdown in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Paul Crawford
The University of Nottingham, UK

Jamie Orion Crawford
Senior Data Analyst, Canada

Product Details
18 Mar 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
180 pages - 129 x 198mm
This fascinating book examines ‘cabin fever’ in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the greatest confinement of people to their homes in history. 

Exploring the definitions and social and cultural history of cabin fever, the book discusses its origins emerging from physical afflictions like typhus through to the use of the term to refer to psychological responses to prolonged isolation or confinement. Offering insights on cabin fever in different contexts (at sea, on land, in the air and in space) the book draws on an array of evidence of the impact of this folk syndrome. In the brunt of the pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that adapting to lockdown has become a matter of personal and public endurance and creativity. This book provides an important account of the threat of cabin fever in the pandemic and provides the best-known antidotes for it.
Chapter 1. The Greatest Confinement 
Chapter 2. A Brief History of Cabin Fever 
Chapter 3. Cabin Fever Cases 
Chapter 4. Antidotes to Cabin Fever 
Chapter 5. Conclusion
Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham, UK. His many publications include Florence Nightingale at Home (2020), The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities (2020) and Humiliation (Emerald, 2019). He is the editor of the Emerald ‘Arts for Health’ series and directs the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Jamie Orion Crawford is a data analyst and researcher based in Montreal, Canada. He has contributed editorial advice to various publications including The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities (ed. Crawford et al, 2020).
‘Reading this book pulled me out of the particulars of my lockdown woes and gave me a much deeper cultural and historical frame for our current predicaments. I left buoyed, alive, and clear that we are not alone. We have been in difficult situations like this before, and Cabin Fever shows us how we can navigate them not only with the resources of science, but, also, and refreshingly, with the arts, humanities, and just plain good writing.’ - Bradley Lewis, Gallatin School, New York University, USA

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