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Happiness and the art of life: diagnosing the psychopolitics of wellbeing

Greco, M. and Stenner, P. (2013). Happiness and the art of life: diagnosing the psychopolitics of wellbeing. Health, Culture and Society, 5(1) pp. 1–19.

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Abstract

Building upon the idea of a psychology without foundations and on vitalist approaches to health, the paper presents the concepts of 'joy' and of 'gay science' as theoretical points of contrast to Seligman's 'happiness' and 'positive psychology'. Defined by Spinoza and Nietzsche as the feeling of becoming more active in the world, joy emphasises the embodied connection between self and world. By contrast, we propose, a defining characteristic of the contemporary happiness dispositif is precisely the feature of splitting the subject from their world; of treating feelings and desires as purely internal, individual and subjective affairs; and of effectively cutting people off from any of their powers that do not correspond to a limited mode of entrepreneurial subjectivity and practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 2161-6590
Keywords: happiness; joy; affectivity; Foucault; positive psychology; art of life
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 38910
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 09:50
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 14:21
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38910
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