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Happiness Research: A Review of Critiques

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Sociology Compass, Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Pages: 62 - 77

Swansea University Author: Ashley Frawley Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/soc4.12236

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This article examines critiques raised in response to the growing interest in 'happiness' across a range of academic disciplines. It presents three major areas of contention including the culture-bound and normative character of happiness, happiness research's reliance upon 'bad...

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Published: 2015
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