The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life

Authors: Cieslik, Mark

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  • Develops a cross-disciplinary, qualitative approach to researching happiness in everyday life
  • Explores the structuring of happiness at key points in the life course
  • Examines how class, gender and age frame experiences of happiness
  • Investigates the significance of social policy and self-help strategies for wellbeing   
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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 wellbeing and the happiness industry with suspicion, whilst neglecting one of the key features of being human – the quest for a good life. Exploring themes that question what it means to be happy and live a good life in Britain today, such as the challenges young people face making their way through education and into their first jobs; work life-balance; mid-life crises; and old age, the book presents nineteen life stories that call for a far more critical and ambitious approach to happiness research that marries the radicalism of sociology, with recent advances in psychology and economics. 

This book will appeal to students and academics interested in wellbeing, happiness and quality of life and also those researching areas such as the life course, work-life balance, biographies, aging and youth studies.

About the authors

Mark Cieslik is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Northumbria University, UK. He established the British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group in 2009.     

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“First, it will stimulate some critical thinking in anyone who is embarking on an undergraduate or Master’s level course in positive psychology (or thinking of doing so). Second, it gives a good overview of the study of well-being for students of other social sciences. Third, it would be useful reading for public policymakers who wish to counterbalance some of the rather simplistic messages that are occasionally used to promote the ‘happiness agenda.’” (Nicholas J. L. Brown, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (38), September, 2017)


  

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Happiness Riddle

    Pages 1-11

    Cieslik, Mark

  • Philosophy and the History of Happiness

    Pages 13-26

    Cieslik, Mark

  • The Economics of Happiness

    Pages 27-41

    Cieslik, Mark

  • Positive Psychology and Happiness

    Pages 43-53

    Cieslik, Mark

  • Psychoanalytical Theory and Happiness

    Pages 55-66

    Cieslik, Mark

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31882-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31882-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-59224-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 235
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