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Happiness : understandings, narratives and discourses

Author: Laura Hyman
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
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"Discourses of happiness surround us in contemporary culture. Listen to any pop song, and there is a reasonable chance that happiness will feature somewhere in the words. Watch any advertisement, and you will likely come across a product or service that promises to improve your life in some way. We have also seen a proliferation of the self-help industry in recent decades. This original and timely book offers one of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Hyman
ISBN: 9781137321527 1137321520
OCLC Number: 881655890
Description: ix, 168 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Happiness: The Story So Far --
3. What is Happiness? --
4. The Happy Self: Understanding Happiness through Therapeutic Discourse --
5. 'Pack Animals'? Interpersonal Relationships and Happiness --
6. Orientations to Money, Working Life and Happiness --
7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Laura Hyman, University of Portsmouth, UK.
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Happiness, rather than being a private and subjective experience, is shaped, interpreted and articulated via culturally specific ways of thinking, being and acting. This highly original and timely  Read more...

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