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The Changing Nature of Happiness

An In-Depth Study of a Town in North West England 1938–2016

Editors: McHugh, Sandie (Ed.)

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  • Provides access to unique qualitative and comparative data on happiness that can provide insight into how perceptions have changed from 1938-2016
  • Examines the theoretical and historical underpinnings of happiness as well as the varying definitions and changing nature of the concept over time
  • Outlines suggestions for future directions in happiness research and potential opportunities and challenges
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About this book

This book shines a light on the meaning of happiness and how public perceptions of it have changed over time. A question that has engaged philosophers from the days of Aristotle, happiness is a subject of growing academic interest, and its recent integration into government policy is provoking increased debate into its definition and nature. Sandie McHugh and her associates build on the work of social anthropologist Tom Harrison’s ‘Worktown’ Mass Observation study from 1938, repeating the original study today. Together these accounts show how perceptions of happiness have changed over the years for the people of Bolton, UK, and reveal major difference between its definition then and now. This unique study is a useful tool in the understanding and study of happiness, offering invaluable insights for scholars and practitioners working in the fields of social psychology, positive psychology, health psychology and wellbeing. 

With chapters by Martin Guha and Jerome Carson; John Haworth; Robert Snape; and Matthew Watson and Linda Withey.

About the authors

Sandie McHugh is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bolton, UK. She originally became interested in applied psychology as a sports competitor and while working in the public sector. Her current research interests centre on cultural psychology, positive psychology and happiness.


Reviews

“This scholarly, but highly readable book demonstrates that we pay insufficient attention to Happiness. This book will provide professionals and the general public, on one hand with serious insights into such an important topic, but on the other hand offers a great antidote to the gloom and doom that seems to be all around us.” (Professor Kevin Gournay CBE, Kings College London, UK)

“This book takes readers to a journey of happiness starting from 1938 to the present time.  Read this book – and learn to find happiness in your own life.” (Professor Samuel M.Y. Ho, City University of Hong Kong)

“In 1938 the social investigative organisation, Mass Observation, asked the people of Bolton 'What makes you happy'. Nearly 80 years later Boltonians were again asked this question. Using the results of both surveys, this excellent collection of essays explains what changed between these years and what has stayed the same. It will be welcomed by scholars across disciplines as an expert intervention in the ongoing happiness debate and as an enlightening account of life in Mass Observation's 'Worktown'.” (Professor Claire Langhamer, University of Sussex, UK)

“A community study of happiness is long overdue, and equally rare, a study with an eye to its historical unfolding. This fine work by McHugh and her colleagues helps close this gap.” (Professor Robert A. Stebbins, FRSC University of Calgary, Canada)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Editor’s Introduction and Summary of Chapters

    McHugh, Sandie

    Pages 1-15

  • Happiness Down the Ages: Theory and Philosophy

    Guha, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 17-30

  • Enjoyment and Happiness

    Haworth, John

    Pages 31-49

  • Happiness in Worktown in 1938 and Bolton 2014

    McHugh, Sandie

    Pages 51-68

  • Happiness Perceptions—A Comparison 1938 and 2014

    McHugh, Sandie (et al.)

    Pages 69-85

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65651-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65650-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: January 18, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-88073-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Changing Nature of Happiness
Book Subtitle
An In-Depth Study of a Town in North West England 1938–2016
Editors
  • Sandie McHugh
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65651-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65651-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65650-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88073-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 152
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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