The Promise Of Happiness

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The Promise Of Happiness

Author : Sara Ahmed
ISBN : 9780822392781
Genre : Philosophy
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The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and feminist cultural studies, Sara Ahmed reveals the affective and moral work performed by the “happiness duty,” the expectation that we will be made happy by taking part in that which is deemed good, and that by being happy ourselves, we will make others happy. Ahmed maintains that happiness is a promise that directs us toward certain life choices and away from others. Happiness is promised to those willing to live their lives in the right way. Ahmed draws on the intellectual history of happiness, from classical accounts of ethics as the good life, through seventeenth-century writings on affect and the passions, eighteenth-century debates on virtue and education, and nineteenth-century utilitarianism. She engages with feminist, antiracist, and queer critics who have shown how happiness is used to justify social oppression, and how challenging oppression causes unhappiness. Reading novels and films including Mrs. Dalloway, The Well of Loneliness, Bend It Like Beckham, and Children of Men, Ahmed considers the plight of the figures who challenge and are challenged by the attribution of happiness to particular objects or social ideals: the feminist killjoy, the unhappy queer, the angry black woman, and the melancholic migrant. Through her readings she raises critical questions about the moral order imposed by the injunction to be happy.
Category: Philosophy
The Promise of Happiness
Language: un
Pages: 326
Authors: Sara Ahmed
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-03-16 - Publisher: Duke University Press

The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and
The Promise of Happiness
Language: un
Pages: 348
Authors: Fred Inglis
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1982-09-23 - Publisher: CUP Archive

Originally published in paperback in 1982, this is a study of the best children's fiction of the previous hundred years.
The Promise of Happiness
Language: un
Pages: 336
Authors: Justin Cartwright
Categories: Art thefts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Charles Judd meanders round his local Cornish beach, contemplating the turns his life has taken. His wife Daphne struggles hopelessly with the latest fish recipe, trying to keep something in her life under control. Two of their children are keeping it all together - just. But they are all still
Only a Promise of Happiness
Language: un
Pages: 200
Authors: Alexander Nehamas
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-17 - Publisher:

Neither art nor philosophy was kind to beauty during the twentieth century. Much modern art disdains beauty, and many philosophers deeply suspect that beauty merely paints over or distracts us from horrors. Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, "aesthetic
THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS
Language: un
Pages:
Authors: Betty Neels, Kaoru Shinozaki
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-10 - Publisher: Harlequin / SB Creative

We're finally free! On a cold, rainy morning, with her dear old dog and cat in tow, Becky makes her daring escape from her wicked stepmother. She leaves behind a life where her stepmother threatened her beloved pets to force Becky to wait on her hand and foot. They've finally