Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction (Hardcover)

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Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction (Hardcover)

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The conventional recipe for happiness has long included money, marriage, and parenthood as basic ingredients. What research is telling us, however, is that these elements don't relate to happiness in quite the way we might expect them to. Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction explores the factors that determine life satisfaction and demonstrate how an individual's happiness is largely shaped by social context--by where they live and local policies, norms and attitudes about religious beliefs, economic and political security, income redistribution, and more.

The book begins with a review of the contributions of other disciplines--such as economics, psychology, and political science--to common explanations of the sources of happiness. Next, the authors offer an international comparison based on their own research on what makes people happy, taking into consideration factors such as marriage, children, money, and job status. Most importantly, special attention is paid to how social policies and social context directly affect people's happiness. All readers high school age and up will enjoy the book's comprehensive--and fascinating--answer to the happiness question because of how the authors connect an individual's experience to the broader environment of the social system and situation in which that person resides.

Hiroshi Ono, PhD, is professor of human resources at Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy.Kristen Schultz Lee, PhD, is associate professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Product Details ISBN: 9781440832970
ISBN-10: 1440832978
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: August 29th, 2016
Pages: 190
Language: English