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This e-book provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the origins of happiness within the glossy Western tradition and makes the argument that happiness isn't common yet is in its place a culturally and traditionally particular event, attribute simply to the Western global. It starts off with an summary of the most examine methods to happiness after which experiences the $64000 yet elusive topic within the context of tradition and relatives of energy. the second one a part of the ebook analyses the social, spiritual, moral and political tactics that result in the emergence of the adventure of happiness, together with customer tradition in modern societies. It offers an research of the medieval Christian adventure which concludes that the trendy adventure of happiness in simple terms emerged within the seventeenth and 18th century, while the best of human lifestyles more and more began to be pursued within the current lifestyles. In its end, this e-book explores the idea that of modernization because the collective pursuit of happiness.
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Following from this, ‘we do not need a theory of indigenous epistemologies or a new epistemology of the other. 241). 32), ‘interpretative anthropology might best be understood as the reinvigorated and sophisticated heir of (cultural; LZ) relativism’. Happiness, Relations of Power and Cultural Studies While postmodern anthropology reflects on the relations of power primarily in terms of the researcher’s relationship towards the other peoples and cultures he or she is analyzing and interpreting, there is another field of research that prominently supplements the discussion about culture, happiness and power: cultural studies.
In our view, the choice of the Foucauldian nominalist approach is relevant because it enables us to examine happiness as an experience in all the aspects our analysis above has shown to be vital for the critical understanding of this phenomenon in Western culture. Namely, the Foucauldian approach firstly implies a systematic skepticism toward all anthropological universals—which does not mean rejecting them all from the start, outright and once and for all, but that nothing of that order must be accepted that is not strictly indispensable.
10), there is no such thing as objective knowledge about happiness and well-being even within Western culture. That is, we can only talk of happiness in terms of specific notions and experience socially constructed through meanings and practices in Western culture. The foundations for such a methodological approach in anthropology were laid by Geertz (1973), the forefather of postmodern anthropology, who proposed the switch in the anthropological analysis from structure and causality to meaning and interpretation.