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Book review: the happiness industry: how government and big business sold us well-being

Evans, Jules (2015) Book review: the happiness industry: how government and big business sold us well-being. LSE Review of Books (10 Jul 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Sociologist William Davies authors a book that is an interesting, if over-negative, survey of the ‘politics of well-being’. Jules Evans writes that Davies over-estimates both how widespread and how sinister the trends of corporate wellness programmes and the booming wellness industry currently are, but commends The Happiness Industry for introducing a bigger narrative that looks at the history of the attempt, in economics, psychology, statistics and neuroscience, to measure moods and emotions, and to use that data either to ‘nudge’ us towards policy-outcomes, to sell us things, or to keep us working.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 08:19
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 16:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/73539

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