Critical Perspectives in Happiness Research

The Birth of Modern Happiness

Authors: Zevnik, Luka

  • Explores the concept of modernization as the collective pursuit of happiness
  • Places the concept of happiness into a historical and cultural context
  • Analyses the relationship of modern consumer culture with happiness in contemporary western societies
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About this book

This book presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the origins of happiness in the modern Western culture and makes the argument that happiness is not universal but is instead a culturally and historically specific experience, characteristic only to the Western world. It begins with an overview of the main research approaches to happiness and then studies the important but elusive theme in the context of culture and relations of power. The second part of the book analyses the social, religious, ethical and political processes that lead to the emergence of the experience of happiness, including consumer culture in contemporary societies. It presents an analysis of the medieval Christian experience which concludes that the modern experience of happiness only emerged in the 17th and 18th century, when the ideal of human existence increasingly started to be pursued in the present life. In its conclusion, this book explores the concept of modernization as the collective pursuit of happiness.  

About the authors

Dr. Luka Zevnik is assistant professor at University of Ljubljana. He is interdisciplinary oriented and has presented conference papers and published on happiness and emotions, popular culture, consumer culture, experience, cultural studies and neuroscience.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Overview of Happiness Research

    Zevnik, Luka

    Pages 3-11

  • Happiness, Culture and Relations of Power

    Zevnik, Luka

    Pages 13-34

  • The Return to Happiness: A New Interdisciplinary Approach to Happiness Research

    Zevnik, Luka

    Pages 35-61

  • Middle Ages: The Time Before Happiness

    Zevnik, Luka

    Pages 65-75

  • The Origins of Happiness in Renaissance and Reformation

    Zevnik, Luka

    Pages 77-94

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35364-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Perspectives in Happiness Research
Book Subtitle
The Birth of Modern Happiness
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04403-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04403-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04402-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35364-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 158
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