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The Happiness Agenda : a Modern Obsession.

Author: Simon Burnett
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores why contemporary Anglo-American society is obsessed with happiness. Striving to be happy is now a morally imperative pursuit. Through the lens of novel social theory, this book explicates how this has transpired as consequence of a complex 'conspiracy of coordination' between political, organisational and psychological developments.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Burnett, Dr Simon.
Happiness Agenda : A Modern Obsession.
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Burnett
ISBN: 9780230348417 0230348416 9780230289567 0230289568
OCLC Number: 767502935
Description: 1 online resource (193 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Modern myths; Pursuing happiness; 1 The happy adventures of capital; The culture of capital: an overview; A reflexive complexity; The power of subjects and objects; (Too) fast subjects; The cultural circuits of happiness; 2 A happy policy; An ancient problem, and its modern fix; The utility of happiness; The utility of Utility; Historians repeat each other, history repeats itself; The political need for happiness; 3 Happiness loves company; Theoretical origins; A modern-day assumption; Happy workers? Champions of the new human relations4 Positively happy; The Manhattan Project; Principles of positivity; Historical and conceptual origins; A mainstream counter-culture; 5 Happy days; Knowing happiness; The happy death of god; 6 Happiness needs practice; 7 Happy ever after?; References; Index.

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