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Happiness riddle and the quest for a good life

Author: Mark Cieslik
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
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This book examines the meaning of happiness in Britain today, and observes that although we face challenges such as austerity, climate change and disenchantment with politics, we continue to be interested in happiness and living well. The author illustrates how happiness is a far more contested, social process than is often portrayed by economists and psychologists, and takes issue with sociologists who often regard  Read more...
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Cieslik, Mark.
Happiness riddle and the quest for a good life.
[London] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
(DLC) 2016958025
(OCoLC)952789413
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Cieslik
ISBN: 9781137318824 1137318821
OCLC Number: 964545658
Description: 1 online resource (x, 235 pages)
Contents: Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; 1: Introduction: The€Happiness Riddle; Researching Happiness and€a€Good Life; Outline of€the€Book; Bibliography; 2: Philosophy and€the€History of€Happiness; The Buddha and€Eastern Notions of€Happiness; Classical Greek Writings on€Happiness; Roman and€Christian Writings on€Happiness; Happiness and€the€Rise of€Modern Societies; Bibliography; 3: The Economics of€Happiness; The Emergence of€the€Economics of€Happiness; Some Problems with€the€Economic Modelling of€Happiness; The Capabilities Approach to€Wellbeing. Contemporary Economics of€Happiness: 'Behavioural Economics'Bibliography; 4: Positive Psychology and€Happiness; Early Positive Psychology; Happiness and€Human Fallibility; Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness and€Flourishing; Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and€'Flow' Experiences; Criticisms of€Positive Psychology; Bibliography; 5: Psychoanalytical Theory and€Happiness; Freud's Models of€the€Self; 'Civilization and€Its Discontents'; The Influence of€Freud on€Sociology; Freud, Popular Culture and€Happiness; Bibliography; 6: Sociological Approaches to€Happiness. The Legacy of€Classical Sociology Happiness in€the€Writings of€Durkheim and€Marx; Alienation and€Happiness; Happiness and€Ideologies; Max Weber on€Happiness; Simmel and€Happiness; Modern Sociology and€Scepticism About Happiness Research; The Frankfurt School and€Happiness; The Problem of€Happiness: Discourses, Loss of€Community, Narcissism and€Emotional Labour; Contemporary Sociology, Wellbeing and€Happiness; Researching Happiness: A€Cross-Disciplinary, Biographical Approach; Bibliography; 7: Happiness and€Young People. The Restructuring of Youth Transitions and the Influence on Wellbeing Multiple Disadvantage, Marginal Transitions and the Influence on Wellbeing; Success and Happiness Against the Odds?; Success Yet Poor Wellbeing: The Shadows of the Past; Alice's Story; Life's Full of Surprises: Alice and the 'Gap Year'; Happiness, Fateful Moments and Hidden Resources; The 'Ebb and Flow' of Young People's Wellbeing; Bibliography; 8: The 'Thirty Somethings': Happiness in the Late Twenties and Thirties; Friends and the Meaning of Happiness?; Happiness, Solitude and 'Time for Oneself' Aging, Independence and€Wellbeing Happiness and€Work-Life Balance; Social Class, Austerity and€the€Structuring of€Wellbeing?; Making Sense of€Key Moments in€Life: The€Conflict Between Habitus and€Personal Change; Barry and€Carl: Happiness and€Alternative Lifestyles; Barry and€Carl: Settling Down and€Being Happy?; Bibliography; 9: Happiness in€Mid Life; James: Middle Class and€Happy, but a€Mid-life Crisis?; 'Keeping Up€Appearances': Fear of€a€Failing Marriage; Kevin and€Paula: 'Life's Been a€Struggle But Happy'; Gardening and€Cycling: Happiness Amidst Economic Decline.
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