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The promise of happiness

Author: Sara Ahmed
Publisher: Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ahmed, Sara, 1969-
Promise of happiness.
Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)1043362970
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Ahmed
ISBN: 9780822346661 0822346664 9780822347255 0822347253
OCLC Number: 467360448
Description: x, 315 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: why happiness, why now? --
Happy objects --
Feminist killjoys --
Unhappy queers --
Melancholic migrants --
Happy futures --
Conclusion: happiness, ethics, possibility.
Responsibility: Sara Ahmed.

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This provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy draws on the work of feminist, black, and queer critics showing how happiness is used to justify social oppression.  Read more...
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"Ahmed's language is a joy, and her work on each case study is filled with insight and rigor as she doggedly traces the social networks of dominance concealed and congealed around happiness. . . . Read more...

 
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