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Social Happiness: Theory into Policy and Practice

Author: Neil Thin
Publisher: 2012.
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An examination of the achievements and potential of applied happiness scholarship in diverse cultures and domains, arguing that progressive policies require a substantial and explicit consideration  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print
Social Happiness: Theory into Policy and Practice
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Thin
OCLC Number: 941525632
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Contents: Preface: On happiness, rationality, and empathy in scholarship and policy; Part one: Happiness in policy discourse and research; Introduction: prosperity debates and the happiness lens; What really matters: concepts, evaluations and objections; Effects of happiness (and unhappiness); Thinking ourselves happy: on the policy relevance of both subjectivity and objectivity; Who makes happiness happen? On positive deviance, emotion work, and psychosocial contagion; Governance and responsibility: towards the eudaimonic state?; Assessing happiness: measurement and beyond; Correlations and causal theories; Part Two: Social happiness in policy and practice; Love: fighting philophobia around the world; The shape of good hope: Cultivating reasonable aspirations; Positive parenting and cheerful childlessness; Schooling for joy; New gender agendas: feel-good feminism for fun and fulfilment; Working for happiness, happily working, and work-life harmony; Shopping for happiness: corporate happwash and consumption ethics; Geronto-eudaimonics: late-life thriving for all; Conclusions: review and prospects.


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"At once highly provocative yet humane and wise, this fascinating book greatly enriches the contemporary discussion of happiness, bringing Neil Thin's vast knowledge of the social sciences to bear on Read more...

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