The Happiness Agenda

Book Name : The Happiness Agenda_x000D_
A Modern Obsession

By by Burnett, Simon, Dr

Sub Title : A Modern Obsession

Written by : by Burnett, Simon, Dr

Subject Category : Academic Business

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The Happiness Agenda is a unique, timely and relevant investigation into the Anglo-American obsession with being happy. It is presently evident across the realms of: employment policies, management consultancy advice, governmental debates and mandates, news stories, television fiction and documentaries, psychology, self-help courses, and even school classrooms. However, instead of following the pervasive trend of offering prescriptive techniques to measure and increase happiness, this book provides distinct and original explanations as to why such efforts are presently so seductive. Via historical and theoretical analysis, both the foundational 'myths' (individualism, rationalism, humanism and instrumentalism) and the advent of three key developmental ideological 'shocks' (utilitarianism, human relations and positivity) which have engineered such a cultural climate are exposed. It thus satisfies the gap in the market for readers interested in understanding the origins, current manifestation and possible future of our societal fixation on happiness, rather than simply perpetuating it. Palgrave Macmillan; November 2011 ISBN 9780230348417 Read online, or download in secure PDF format Title: The Happiness Agenda Author: Burnett, Simon, Dr Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan Subject categories Academic Business > Human Resources & Personnel Management Psychology & Psychiatry > Industrial & Organizational Psychology Psychology > Industrial psychology Business > Leadership Business > Organizational Behavior Social Sciences Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 0230348416 9780230289567 9780230348417 About The Author SIMON BURNETT has worked for both Lancaster University and Working Families, the UK's leading work-life balance charity. He has published research for academic and corporate audiences on: well-being, flexibility, health, gender, parenthood and families. This is his first book.

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Academic Business - Human Resources & Personnel Management Psychology & Psychiatry - Industrial & Organizational Psychology Psychology - Industrial psychology Business - Leadership Business - Organizational Behavior Social Sciences Social Science - Sociology

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0230348416 - 9780230289567 - 9780230348417

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SIMON BURNETT has worked for both Lancaster University and Working Families, the UK's leading work-life balance charity. He has published research for academic and corporate audiences on: well-being, flexibility, health, gender, parenthood and families. This is his first book.

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Palgrave Macmillan