Mapping Happiness, Managing Urban Emotions

  • Jessica Pykett
  • John Cromby


Measuring and mapping happiness has become a popular and potentially market-shaping activity, and a core governmental concern. In this chapter, we explore whether the “happiness industry” can be rightly considered as a neoliberal phenomenon. We examine happiness and well-being through the analytic of assemblage in order to focus attention on alternative and place-based approaches to happiness, which signify an alternative to dominant neoliberal framings. We compare the research approaches provided through geo-informatic analyses of urban psychophysiology, community activism associated with participatory happy cities initiatives and critical psychologists and geographers who focus in particular on interpretive accounts of emotional subjectivity. The idea of a “critical social psychological geography” is put forward as a way to provide new understandings of the political significance of happiness measurement and mapping.


Smart City Happiness Measurement Critical Psychology Wellbeing Project Mapping Happiness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Pykett
    • 1
  • John Cromby
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  2. 2.School of BusinessUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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