The Practices Of Happiness (open Access): Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing by Ian SteedmanThe Practices Of Happiness (open Access): Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing by Ian Steedman

The Practices Of Happiness (open Access): Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing

EditorIan Steedman, John R Atherton, Elaine Graham

Hardcover | August 27, 2010

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There is growing evidence that rising levels of prosperity in Western economies since 1945 have not been matched by greater incidences of reported well-being and happiness. Indeed, material affluence is often accompanied instead by greater social and individual distress. A growing literature within the humanities and social sciences is increasingly concerned to chart not only the underlying trends in recorded levels of happiness, but to consider what factors, if any, contribute to positive and sustainable experiences of well-being and quality of life. Increasingly, such research is focusing on the importance of values and beliefs in human satisfaction or quality of life; but the specific contribution of religion to these trends is relatively under-examined. This unique collection of essays seeks to rectify that omission, by identifying the nature and role of the religious contribution to wellbeing.

A unique collection of nineteen leading scholars from the field of economics, psychology, public theology and social policy have been brought together in this volume to explore the religious contribution to the debate about happiness and well-being. These essays explore the religious dimensions to a number of key features of well-being, including marriage, crime and rehabilitation, work, inequality, mental health, environment, participation, institutional theory, business and trade. They engage particularly closely with current trends in economics in identifying alternative models of economic growth which focus on its qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions.

This distinctive volume brings to public notice the nature and role of religion's contribution to wellbeing, including new ways of measurement and evaluation. As such, it represents a valuable and unprecedented resource for the development of a broad-based religious contribution to the field. It will be of particular relevance for those who are concerned about the continuing debate about personal and societal well-being, as well as those who are interested in the continuing significance of religion for the future of public policy.

John Athertonis Canon Theologian Emeritus of Manchester Cathedral and Honorary Research Fellow of the William Temple Foundation and of Manchester University, UK, with doctorates from Manchester and Uppsala Universities. His research and publishing interests have increasingly focused on the relationship between political economy and rel...
Title:The Practices Of Happiness (open Access): Political Economy, Religion and WellbeingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 27, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415550971

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Table of Contents

Introductory essay: developing an overview as context and futureJohn AthertonPart 1: Political Economy1. Economic theory and happinessIan Steedman2. Happiness, welfare and capabilitiesCarl-Henric Grenholm3. Happiness through thrift: The contribution of business to human wellbeingPeter Heslam4. Happiness, work and Christian theologyPeter Sedgwick5. Happiness isn't working, but it should beMalcolm Brown6. Challenging inequality in a post-scarcity era: Christian contributions to egalitarian trendsJohn Atherton7. Fair trade and human wellbeingMichael NorthcottPart 2: Contributions to Other Social Sciences8. Religion and happiness: perspectives from the psychology of religion, positive psychology and empirical theology Leslie Francis9. Ethnographic insights into happinessJonathan Miles-Watson10. Institutions, organisations and wellbeingTony Berry11. Religion, family form and the question of happinessAdrian Thatcher12. Mental health, spirituality and religionPeter Gilbert13. The 'one in the morning' knock: exploring the connections between faith, participation and wellbeingChristopher Baker14. Crime, wellbeing and society: Reflections on social, 'anti-social' and 'restorative' capitalChristopher Jones15. Supporting offenders: A faith based initiativeCharlotte LorimerPart 3: Reflections on Foundations16. Human happiness as a common good: clarifying the issuesPatrick Riordan17. Being well in creationJohn Rodwell18.The 'virtuous circle': Religion and the practices of happinessElaine Graham19 Well being ' or resilience? Blurred encounters between theory and practiceJohn Reader