Theory into policy and practice
- Neil Thin
- Hardback, 320 pages, 234 x 156 mm
- 18 Jan 2012
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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 what he shows to be a profoundly social phenomenon."
Dan Haybron, Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
"The literature on human happiness extends to many fields, and Neil Thin seems to know them all. This is a superb synthesis by an expert who isn’t afraid to smile."
Darrin M. McMahon, Ben Weider Professor of History, Florida State University
"Neil Thin has brilliantly synthesised an encyclopaedic range of theories, stories and applications using the happiness lens. His central point, that happiness is 'essentially intersubjective and social', is demonstrated with a rich breadth of thought, evidence and examples."
John F. Helliwell, Co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being, University of British Columbia
About This Book
The development of happiness as an explicit theme in social research and policy worldwide has been rapid and remarkable, posing fundamental questions about our personal and collective motives and purposes. This book examines the achievements and potential of applied happiness scholarship in diverse cultures and domains. It argues that progressive policies require a substantial and explicit consideration of happiness. Part one introduces the development of happiness themes in scholarship, policy and moral discourse. Part two explores the interplay between happiness scholarship and a wide variety of domains of social experience, including relationship guidance, managing social aspirations, parenting, schooling, gender reform, work-life harmonizing, marketing and consumption and rethinking old age. This exciting new text will appeal to policy makers, social organizers and community development practitioners, especially those interested in well-being related policy innovation and social entrepreneurship. It will also be of interest to academics embedded in policy practice.
Author BiographyNeil Thin is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and co-author of several books on poverty, social development, happiness, education and participatory forestry. Since 1987 he has been lecturing and conducting applied research on social planning and sustainable development, and, since 2003, on happiness.
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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