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The happiness fantasy

Author: Carl Cederström
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity Press, 2019.
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In this devastatingly witty new book, Carl Cederström traces our present-day conception of happiness from its roots in early-twentieth-century European psychiatry, to the Beat generation, to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He argues that happiness is now defined by a desire to be "authentic", to experience physical pleasure, and to cultivate a quirky individuality. But over the last fifty years, these  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cederström, Carl, 1980-
Happiness fantasy.
Medford, MA : Polity Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018006644
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Cederström
ISBN: 9781509523801 1509523804 9781509523818 1509523812
OCLC Number: 1022977057
Description: 167 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
In bed with Wilhelm Reich --
Compulsory narcissism --
Happiness Inc. --
Getting high on happiness --
Pleasuring men --
Conclusion : happiness after Trump --
Responsibility: Carl Cederström.
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Happiness has meant different things in different times: according to Aristotle, only the gods could be truly happy, but if you lived ethically, you might come close; for medieval Christians, the  Read more...
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