Ideas and practices concerning sleep and night-time are constantly changing and widely varied in different cultures and societies. What we do during the day and night is the result of much political struggle. Trade unions, political parties, entrepreneurs, leaders and schools boards, all have an interest in questions of timing for the opening and closing of shops, the starting hours of schools and factories, and the number of hours people have to work and sleep. By drawing together comparative case studies from countries in both Asia and Europe, Night-time and Sleep in Asia and the West allows the reader to track the differences in the cultural importance given to the night, and to compare the ways in which the challenges and opportunities of modernity have been played out in the East and the West.

Chapter 1 Introduction, Brigitte Steger, Lodewijk Brunt; Chapter 2 Sleeping time in early Chinese literature, Antje Richter; Chapter 3 Discourse of mid-day napping, Li Yi; Chapter 4 Negotiating sleep patterns in Japan, Brigitte Steger; Chapter 5 Sleep without a home, Peter Rensen; Chapter 6 Sleep and night-time combat in contemporary armed forces, Eyal Ben-Ari; Chapter 7 ‘The Mirk Shades O’Nicht’, Irene Maver; Chapter 8 Night-time and deviant behaviour, Ayukawa Jun; Chapter 9 Between day and night, Lodewijk Brunt; Chapter 10 ‘What Time Do You Call This?’, Chris Nottingham;