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The Happiness Fantasy Paperback – 14 September 2018

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Happiness is big business - and big politics - these days. But as Cederstrom shows in this sharp and engaging book, its recent history can be disturbing. Combining humor with a much-needed skepticism, he shows that in a world of happiness, not all is smiles.
Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

In this lively and acerbic book, Carl Cederstrom provides a compelling history of how a particular psychoanalytic ideal of happiness sucked us in, promising total fulfillment but ultimately trapping us in a lie.
Will Davies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Pleasure was at the heart of the liberation struggles of the 1960s' but has morphed into a new form of ideology and tyranny, fed by the capitalist logic of incessant consumption. The happy self is not only a fantasy, an imperative to fulfill our potential, but also the impulse behind a wide variety of economic enterprises, orgasmic workshops, drugs, therapies, etc. Cedertrom's The Happiness Fantasy is a well-written, lively, and critical study of the fantasy that has wormed inside the core of our culture.
Eva Illouz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A wonderful piece of work.
Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research

With compelling clarity, wit and wisdom, Carl Cederström cuts through the disabling illusions ceaselessly promoting the personal pursuit of happiness, offering instead an altogether richer, more compassionate, embrace of life and its vicissitudes.
Lynne Segal, author of Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy

'wise and witty'
The Independent


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Carl Cederstrom is Assistant Professor at Stockholm University

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1509523812
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Polity Press (14 September 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781509523818
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509523818
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.72 x 2.03 x 21.34 cm
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