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Lurching Toward Happiness in America
by Claude S. Fischer


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The promise of America has long been conceived as the promise of happiness. Being American is all about the opportunity to pursue one's own bliss. But what is the good life, and are we getting closer to its attainment? In the cacophony of competing conceptions of the good, technological interventions that claim to help us achieve it, and rancorous debate over government's role in securing it for us, every step toward happiness seems to come with at least one step back.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The promise of America has long been conceived as the promise of happiness. Being American is all about the opportunity to pursue one's own bliss. But what is the good life, and are we getting closer to its attainment? In the cacophony of competing conceptions of the good, technological interventions that claim to help us achieve it, and rancorous debate over government's role in securing it for us, every step toward happiness seems to come with at least one step back.

In Lurching toward Happiness in America, acclaimed sociologist Claude Fischer explores the data, the myths, and history to understand how far America has come in delivering on its promise. Are Americans getting lonelier? Is the gender revolution over? Does income shape the way Americans see their life prospects? In the end, Fischer paints a broad picture of what Americans say they want. And, as he considers how close they are to achieving that goal, he also suggests what might finally get them there.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262028240
  • ISBN-10: 0262028247
  • Publisher: Mit Press
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 152
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.21 x 4.82 x 0.66 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.47 pounds

Series: Boston Review Books

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

With this promising but slight book, UC Berkeley sociologist Fischer (Still Connected) tackles the subject of happiness. Scholars know that people who are married and healthy tend to be happier. Conversely, poverty decreases happiness, though above a certain point, wealth probably doesn’t increase it. Though academics have studied happiness since the 1950s, there has been a surge of studies in recent years: since 2000, the number of articles on happiness in economics journals “roughly tripled.” In the weakest chapters of this book, Fischer summarizes headlines then briefly (and insufficiently) critiques them. The Atlantic worries that e-dating threatens monogamy, but the reverse may be true. Newspapers scream that we are getting lonelier, while, in fact, says Fischer, loneliness is not new. Still, some of his digests are pointed and clever, such as his description of the difference between people who tie happiness to time spent outdoors and strengthening “personal relationships” and those who emphasize more jobs and more pay: “sort of Seattle Democrats versus Youngstown Democrats.” And when Fischer goes more in-depth—for example, when he dissects the function of leisure-time and paid vacations—he’s terrific. (Nov.)

 
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