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Cultures of optimism : the institutional promotion of hope

Author: Oliver Bennett
Publisher: Basingstoke Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
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In the context of widespread intellectual pessimism, this book explores how individuals and societies sustain hope. It focuses, in particular, on the active role played by powerful institutions in the propagation of optimism. The cultures they promote offer visions of the future, which nurture hope and meaning, and exercise strong influences on how people act in the present. Yet these processes often go unobserved.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bennett, Oliver, 1950-
Cultures of optimism
(DLC) 2014037985
(OCoLC)889175352
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Bennett
ISBN: 9781137484819 1137484810
OCLC Number: 899260532
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. The Optimism Imperative --
2. Optimistic Democracy: The Politics of Hope --
3. Optimism at Work --
4. Great Expectations: Parenting, Optimism and the Child --
5. Models of Salvation: Religion, Eschatology and Hope --
6. Optimism and the Self: From Mind-Cure to Psychotherapy --
7. Culture(s) of Optimism.
Responsibility: Oliver Bennett.

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What are the functions of optimism in modern societies? How is hope culturally transmitted? What values and attitudes does it reflect? This book explores how and why powerful institutions propagate  Read more...

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