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The 'Happiness Industry' - The 'Wellness Syndrome'

The 'Happiness Industry'. Laurie Taylor asks if policy makers are too focused on the idea of 'happiness'. And,has a concern for individual wellness replaced ideas of social change?

The Happiness Industry: Laurie Taylor talks to Will Davies, Professor in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, who asks why policy makers have become increasingly focused on measuring happiness. Also, 'wellness syndrome': Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at City University, argues that visions of positive social change have been replaced by a focus on individual well-being. They're joined by Laura Hyman, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Revised repeat.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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William Davies – Professor in Political Economy at Goldsmiths, University of London
Laura Hyman – Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth
Andre Spicer - Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School

Further Reading

"The Happiness Industry: How the government & big business sold us well-being" - by William Davies
"Happiness: understandings, narratives and discourses" - by Laura Hyman
"The Wellness Syndrome" - by André Spicer and Carl Cederstrom


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