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Regimes of Happiness

Regimes of Happiness

Comparative and Historical Studies

Edited by Yuri Contreras-Vejar
Joanna Tice Jen
Bryan S Turner

‘Regimes of Happiness’ is a comparative and historical analysis of how human societies have articulated and enacted distinctive notions of human fulfillment.

Hardback, 266 Pages

ISBN:9781783088850

March 2019

£70.00, $115.00

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  • About This Book
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About This Book

‘Regimes of Happiness’ is a comparative and historical analysis of how human societies have articulated and enacted distinctive notions of human fulfillment, determining divergent moral, ethical and religious traditions and incommensurate and conflicting understanding of the meaning of the ‘good life’.

Presented in two parts, ‘Regimes of Happiness’ provides a historical view of the way in which Western societies, the descendants of the Latin Roman Empire, created languages and institutions that established specific and occasionally antithetical conceptions of a fulfilled human life or 'happiness' in the first part. The second part explores how non-Western societies and non-Christian religions have conceived and established their own ideals of human perfection. ‘Regimes of Happiness’ is a critical reflection on modern notions of happiness which are typically focused on individual feelings of pleasure.

Reviews

‘An outstanding array of scholars provide a rich body of evidence about, insights into, and analysis of happiness. The reader will be particularly happy to note that the exploration benefits greatly from a solid comparative perspective.’
—Amitai Etzioni, Author of Happiness Is the Wrong Metric

‘"Regimes of Happiness" is a fascinating and wide-ranging medley of new essays on how societies shape ideals of happiness. Religious, historical and cross-cultural studies are emphasized, yet there are also insightful discussions of contemporary issues in psychology, philosophy, economics and politics. A most welcome addition to the renaissance in happiness studies.’
—Mike W. Martin, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University, USA, and Author of Happiness and the Good Life

‘In this comprehensive and intrepid volume on the “regimes of happiness”, contributors examine how to improve the social-scientific understanding of the myriad ways in which happiness has been historically examined and how it continues to be a central concern of both experts and the lay public.’
—Jonathan B. Imber, Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College, USA

Author Information

Yuri Contreras-Vejar is professor of sociology at Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. He is also a member of the Committee for the Study of Religion at the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA.

Joanna Tice Jen is a member of the political science faculty at Las Positas College, USA. She received her PhD in political science from the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA, in 2017.

Bryan S. Turner is professor of sociology at the Australian Catholic University, emeritus professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA, and honorary professor, Social Science Faculty, Potsdam University, Germany. He won the Max Planck Award in 2015.

Series

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflections on Regimes of Happiness, Bryan S. Turner and Yuri Contreras-Véjar; Happiness in the West; A Fragment of Bliss: Augustinian Beatitudo and the Ideal of Atonement, Yuri Contreras-Véjar; Arts of Happiness and Love: Translating Aristotle in the Later Middle Ages, Jessica Rosenfeld; Spiritual Transcendence as the Path to Happiness in a Selection of Old French Texts, Stephanie Grace Petinos; St. Francis and Machiavelli on Happiness and Joy, William J. Connell; The Concept of Happiness Prevents Facile Definitions in the Scottish Enlightenment, Megan Hills; A Path to Eternal Happiness: Convent Life in the United States in the Nineteenth Century, Bernadette McCauley; “Be Joyful Always!” Twenty-First-Century Evangelical Conceptions of Happiness and Trumpist Politics, Joanna Tice-Jen; The Erasmus Program: The Promise of European Happiness, Davide Giuseppe Colasanto; Innovations in the Psychological Study of Happiness: From Mirror Neurons to Mobile Technology, Samantha Birk, Samantha Denefrio and Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary; Comparative Perspectives; And You Should Be Nothing but Happy: Judaism and the Dual Approach to Joy, Marc Katz; Happiness in Medieval Islamicate Literature: Conceptual and Practical Problems, Anna Akasoy; From Liberation to Happiness: The Making of Modern, Middle-Class Yoga, Shehzad Nadeem; The Pursuit of Happiness in Vietnam, Nguyễn Tuấn Anh and Oscar Salemink; Indigenous and Western Views of Happiness: An Essay on the Politics of Contentment, Colin Samson; A Nineteenth-Century Turning Point: Nietzsche, Weber, Freud and Mill, Bryan S. Turner; Index.

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