Topic 17 Sociology of Happiness for BLACKBOARD

Topic 17 Sociology of Happiness for BLACKBOARD - Sociology...

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7/7/11 What is Happiness? degree to which an individual evaluates overall quality of his/her life positively
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7/7/11 Puzzle of Wealth and Happiness Traditional economic view equates happiness with wealth Concept of utility – relative satisfaction Money, utility and satiation Widely scrutinized, esp. since “Easterlin paradox”
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7/7/11 Puzzle of Wealth and Happiness Easterlin paradox
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7/7/11 Is there a paradox?
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7/7/11 Why the weak relationship? International Comparisons Social Psychological Factors, Models
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7/7/11 Bhu what now? measures Gross Domestic Happiness C.f., GDP measures all goods and services police, door-locks, car alarms, psychiatric services, self-help books,
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7/7/11 International Comparisons Happiest countries tend to be Capitalist High wealth Low poverty Strong social-democratic support systems Low cost (free) education Low cost (free) healthcare
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7/7/11 Factors and Models Why can’t I buy one unit of happiness for every one unit of money?
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course SOCY 101 taught by Professor Simpson during the Fall '07 term at South Carolina.

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Topic 17 Sociology of Happiness for BLACKBOARD - Sociology...

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