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Social Happiness: Theory into Policy and Practice [Paperback]

Neil Thin

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March 15 2012

In recent years, happiness has seized the imaginations of both social researchers and policymakers with remarkable speed. Social Happiness examines the achievements and potential of applied happiness scholarship in a variety of contexts and argues that progressive policies must explicitly consider happiness. Neil Thin expertly traces the rise of the theme of happiness in scholarship, policy, and moral discourse and then explores the practical implications for happiness studies in a range of social experiences, including relationship guidance, parenting, schooling, gender reform, work-life harmony, and rethinking old age.

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"The literature on human happiness extends to many fields, and Neil Thin seems to know them all. This is a superb synthesis by an expert who isn't afraid to smile." Darrin M. McMahon, Ben Weider Professor of History, Florida State University "Neil Thin has brilliantly synthesized an encyclopaedic range of theories, stories and applications using the happiness lens. His central point, that happiness is 'essentially intersubjective and social' is demonstrated with a rich breadth of thought, evidence and examples." John F. Helliwell, Co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being, University of British Columbia "At once highly provocative yet humane and wise, this fascinating book greatly enriches the contemporary discussion of happiness, bringing Neil Thin's vast knowledge of the social sciences to bear on what he shows to be a profoundly social phenomenon." Dan Haybron, Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University

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Neil Thin is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh and coauthor of several books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked voice Feb. 25 2013
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In an era bloated with self-help books anthropologist Thin provides a refreshing view of happiness: he wisely places it in the social context. Happiness may not be about getting the right job or marrying the right person but may be something that emerges between us and is the product of collective effort.

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