Wellbeing and Aspirational Culture

Authors: Moore, Kevin

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  • Addresses the paradox that, despite quantifiable advances, people often struggle to experience positive wellbeing  
  • Brings together wellbeing and personhood research from multiple disciplines  
  • Explains how aspirational cultures are detrimental to wellbeing 
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This book addresses the paradox that, despite quantifiable advances, people often struggle to experience positive wellbeing. Kevin Moore argues that two key insights can help resolve this paradox: first, that we live in an ‘aspirational culture’ that has its roots in the agrarian revolution and now demands constant economic growth, individual ambition, and self-improvement while promoting change and uncertainty; and second, that we are persons, and persons are created when cultures interact with our biology. Accordingly, our wellbeing depends on how personhood develops through that interaction.

 

Bringing together wellbeing and personhood research from multiple disciplines, Moore explains how aspirational cultures are detrimental to wellbeing because they consistently undermine and disrupt the ordinary tasks of life that are essential to sustaining our personhood and wellbeing. He concludes that if we are serious about improving wellbeing, we have to create a culture not based on aspiration but which, instead, focuses on supporting persons and personhood.   

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Kevin Moore is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Department of Tourism, Sport and Society at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has taught courses on the social psychology of wellbeing since 2009 and for thirty years has researched theoretical psychology, wellbeing, and leisure.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wellbeing and Aspirational Culture
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15643-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15643-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15642-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 243
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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