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A Sociology of Happiness
A Sociology of Happiness

A Sociology of Happiness

Japanese Perspectives

Edited by Kenji Kosaka

Advanced Social Research Series


219 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95)

Publication Date: June 2006

ISBN 9781876843281

Rights: US & CA

Trans Pacific Press (Jun 2006)

Price: $34.95


Written by the sociologists at Kwansei Gakuin University who are engaged in 'Social Research for the Enhancement of Human Well-being,' this study explores issues of happiness from a wide variety of sociological perspectives. It includes: a meta-analysis of suffering; an axiomatic approach to constructing an index for measuring social suffering from an utilitarian perspective; a proposal for a new qualitative methodology for social science research; a Nietzschean analysis of happiness; a proposal to codify linguistic rights drawing on notions of the universal right to pursue well-being; an analysis of the role of folklore in articulating a society's implicit understandings of happiness and suffering; a critical exploration of the impact of social surveillance on happiness; and a clinical sociological approach to happiness and unhappiness.