Book Review of "The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being"

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620433
Title:
Book Review of "The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being"
Authors:
Platt, Tracey; Ruch, Willibald
Abstract:
One may believe that reviewing a book on the “happiness industry” for the International Society for Humor Studies shows that humor is starting to embrace its natural bedfellow, positive psychology. However, before we all rush to jump on this new focus of interest, it might be worth considering the critiques offered by the author, William Davies. In his book Davies explores how and why there has been a shift in how we pursue happiness. He argues that happiness has moved away from being a personal goal to one that is used and controlled by a myriad of public entities, exploited by corporations to increase productivity, and even appearing on government agendas. Going beyond his own political and economic expertise, Davies also builds arguments that encompass practices within neuroscience and the science of psychology
Publisher:
The International Society of Humor Studies
Journal:
The ISHS Newsletter—The Humorous Times
Issue Date:
Dec-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620433
Additional Links:
http://www.humorstudies.org/NewsCenter.htm#Newsletter
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
FOA

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPlatt, Traceyen
dc.contributor.authorRuch, Willibalden
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-24T14:13:23Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-24T14:13:23Z-
dc.date.issued2017-12-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620433-
dc.description.abstractOne may believe that reviewing a book on the “happiness industry” for the International Society for Humor Studies shows that humor is starting to embrace its natural bedfellow, positive psychology. However, before we all rush to jump on this new focus of interest, it might be worth considering the critiques offered by the author, William Davies. In his book Davies explores how and why there has been a shift in how we pursue happiness. He argues that happiness has moved away from being a personal goal to one that is used and controlled by a myriad of public entities, exploited by corporations to increase productivity, and even appearing on government agendas. Going beyond his own political and economic expertise, Davies also builds arguments that encompass practices within neuroscience and the science of psychologyen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe International Society of Humor Studiesen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.humorstudies.org/NewsCenter.htm#Newsletteren
dc.subjectBook Reviewen
dc.subjectHappiness Industryen
dc.titleBook Review of "The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being"en
dc.typeOtheren
dc.identifier.journalThe ISHS Newsletter—The Humorous Timesen
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