Happiness needs practice

  • Simon Burnett


Having established the relevance of the spiritualistic embodiment of happiness in modern Anglo-American society, attention must now turn to the final prominent issue relating to its cultural dissemination and embracement. Bell and Taylor, once more, offer an interesting insight in their comment that although it is relatively commonplace “to note the progressive diffusion of religious and New Age philosophies into secular contexts, especially in business and management … rarely have researchers explored the processes and practices entailed in this diffusion” (2004: 451, emphasis added). While many of these have indeed been considered in the preceding discussions of the existence of and relations between objects, subjects, templates and subject positions, most, however, also account for how agents attempt to utilize or even subvert the pull of the Happiness Agenda and its actants to comport themselves in culturally reinforced ways.


National Health Service Human Agent Subject Position Cultural Circuit Cervical Screen Programme 
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