Social Happiness

Theory Into Policy and Practice

Author: Neil Thin

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 184742919X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 302

View: 3387

In recent years, happiness has seized the imaginations of both social researchers and policymakers with remarkable speed. Social Happiness examines the achievements and potential of applied happiness scholarship in a variety of contexts and argues that progressive policies must explicitly consider happiness. Neil Thin expertly traces the rise of the theme of happiness in scholarship, policy, and moral discourse and then explores the practical implications for happiness studies in a range of social experiences, including relationship guidance, parenting, schooling, gender reform, work-life harmony, and rethinking old age.

Mood and Mobility

Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks

Author: Richard Coyne

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262029758

Category: Computers

Page: 392

View: 779

An argument that as we engage with social media on our digital devices we receive, modify, intensify, and transmit moods.

The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life

Author: Mark Cieslik

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137318821

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

View: 4472

This book examines the meaning of happiness in Britain today, and observes that although we face challenges such as austerity, climate change and disenchantment with politics, we continue to be interested in happiness and living well. The author illustrates how happiness is a far more contested, social process than is often portrayed by economists and psychologists, and takes issue with sociologists who often regard wellbeing and the happiness industry with suspicion, whilst neglecting one of the key features of being human – the quest for a good life. Exploring themes that question what it means to be happy and live a good life in Britain today, such as the challenges young people face making their way through education and into their first jobs; work life-balance; mid-life crises; and old age, the book presents nineteen life stories that call for a far more critical and ambitious approach to happiness research that marries the radicalism of sociology, with recent advances in psychology and economics. This book will appeal to students and academics interested in wellbeing, happiness and quality of life and also those researching areas such as the life course, work-life balance, biographies, aging and youth studies.

The Ethical Component of Nursing Education

Integrating Ethics Into Clinical Experience

Author: Marcia Sue DeWolf Bosek,Teresa A. Savage

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 9780781748773

Category: Medical

Page: 462

View: 7036

This unique text uses hands-on examples and learning exercises to help you apply critical ethical principles to specific nursing challenges while addressing a range of patient populations and settings.

The Politics of Wellbeing

Theory, Policy and Practice

Author: Ian Bache,Karen Scott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319583948

Category: Political Science

Page: 310

View: 7469

This volume is the first collection in the field of wellbeing studies that places politics centre stage. Through a combination of intellectual inquiry, empirically-grounded research, and investigation across different settings, this book aims to provide fresh insights and develop new lenses through which to understand the rise and significance of the wellbeing agenda. Divided into three parts, it considers how to define wellbeing for public policy; the prospects for wellbeing as a force for political change; and the link between policy agendas and the everyday lives of people. The book explores the key political issues of power, democracy, and the legitimacy of wellbeing evidence in a range of settings – international, national and subnational/substate. The volume will appeal to wellbeing and politics scholars, as well as students and general readers with an interest in these new political agendas.

Humanistic Social Work – The THIRD WAY in Theory and Practice

Humane and Spiritual Qualities of the Professional

Author: N.A

Publisher: Petru Stefaroi



Page: N.A

View: 994

This book represents a new stage in the author’s project to contribute at the development of the humanistic social work theory and methodology, with special attention paid to the professional/ practitioner (social worker, caregiver, psychologist, etc.), to his psychological-spiritual and humane qualities and conducts in practice. * In the PART I is presented THE HUMANISTIC SOCIAL WORK PROJECT – the author’s initiative, started in 2009, with the assumed aim to enhance the effective presence of the humanistic values, theories and practices in contemporary social work, a theoretical, axiological and methodological framework, a heuristic laboratory, a philosophical, scientific and professional forum wherein it can be set, what could be called, the theory, axiology and methodology of the Humanistic Social Work. * PART II, HUMANE AND SPIRITUAL QUALITIES OF THE PROFESSIONAL IN HUMANISTIC SOCIAL WORK is the basic body of the paper, and is composed predominantly of three chapters. The Chapter 1, Humanistic Social Work - The Third Way in Social Work Theory and Practice, is devoted to present, theoretically, the concept, doctrine and specific of humanistic social work, with emphasis on its main sources, values, theories, practices and methods, to circumscribe, philosophically and doctrinally, Humanistic Social Work as the third way, alongside Traditional/ Conventional Social Work and Radical/ Critical Social Work, in the contemporary social work practice and theory, with the assumed claim to imposing even as dominant in the future. The Chapter 2, Humane Personality and Soul – Personal-Psychological Sources of the Professional’s Humane and Spiritual Qualities, shows what might be called, in the author’s view, the personal-psychological sources of the professional’s humane and spiritual qualities in humanistic social work practice, mainly the soul (as the main component of the psychological-ontological sphere of the humane personality), with the sub-spheres: affective (social) soul, spiritual soul (mystical, playful, aesthetic, moral, intellectual) and humane soul. It is not negligible nor the role of the axiological-moral/prosocial sphere, or of the motivational-energetical sphere. In the Chapter 3, Humane and Spiritual Qualities of The Professional in Humanistic Social Work Practice - effectively is reached the content of the topic proposed by the book’s main title, approaching so the theme regarding the humane and spiritual qualities of the professional starting from the category of ”humane personality of the professional”, and insisting on the necessity to define it in connection with the spiritual-humanistic mode/ way of representation and approach of the customer. * The PART III of the book, IDEAS, FRAGMENTS, ELEMENTS OF SOME NEW TEXTS (in working) IN THE HUMANISTIC SOCIAL WORK PROJECT, includes three works, in preparation, to whom is working to appear, in the near future, within the project, respectively “Humanistic Social Work: The Third Way in Social Work Theory and Practice”, “Humanistic Social Work Practice” and “Humanistic Social Work: Humane Personality and Humane Relationships – Basic Resources of Practice”. * The paper ends with some CONCLUSIVE CONSIDERATIONS, where it is inferred the key conclusion that, operating into the sphere of human relations, the main purpose of the professional’s activity, with his humane and spiritual qualities, is that to transform them in HUMANE relationships. To this end, his qualities represents essential personal-professional resources that can facilitate the change, that can humanize the troubled social relationships, the dehumanized, dysfunctional microcommunity, This new environment will impose,

Understanding the environment and social policy

Author: Tony Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447319834

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 7894

Bringing together leading experts, this textbook explores the key social, political, economic and moral challenges that environmental problems pose for social policy in a global context. Combining theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach, the book reviews the current strategies and policies and provides a critique of proposed future developments in the field. Understanding the environment and social policy guides the reader through the subject in an accessible way using chapter summaries, further reading, recommended webpages, a glossary and questions for discussion. Providing a much-needed overview, the book will be invaluable reading for students, teachers, activists, practitioners and policymakers.

Using Theory to Explore Health, Medicine and Society

Author: Kennedy, Peter,Kennedy, Carole

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847424015

Category: Medical

Page: 149

View: 6126

This student-friendly textbook uses theoretical perspectives to bring to life social theories relating to health and illness. including binge drinking, obesity, the prominence of therapy and the search for happiness.

The Practices of Happiness

Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing

Author: Ian Steedman,John R Atherton,Elaine Graham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136937544

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 3044

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via as well as the OAPEN Library platform, It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. There is growing evidence that rising levels of prosperity in Western economies since 1945 have not been matched by greater incidences of reported well-being and happiness. Indeed, material affluence is often accompanied instead by greater social and individual distress. A growing literature within the humanities and social sciences is increasingly concerned to chart not only the underlying trends in recorded levels of happiness, but to consider what factors, if any, contribute to positive and sustainable experiences of well-being and quality of life. Increasingly, such research is focusing on the importance of values and beliefs in human satisfaction or quality of life; but the specific contribution of religion to these trends is relatively under-examined. This unique collection of essays seeks to rectify that omission, by identifying the nature and role of the religious contribution to wellbeing. A unique collection of nineteen leading scholars from the field of economics, psychology, public theology and social policy have been brought together in this volume to explore the religious contribution to the debate about happiness and well-being. These essays explore the religious dimensions to a number of key features of well-being, including marriage, crime and rehabilitation, work, inequality, mental health, environment, participation, institutional theory, business and trade. They engage particularly closely with current trends in economics in identifying alternative models of economic growth which focus on its qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions. This unique volume brings to public notice the nature and role of religion’s contribution to wellbeing, including new ways of measurement and evaluation. As such, it represents a valuable and unprecedented resource for the development of a broad-based religious contribution to the field. It will be of particular relevance for those who are concerned about the continuing debate about personal and societal well-being, as well as those who are interested in the continuing significance of religion for the future of public policy.

Christianity and the New Social Order

A Manifesto for a Fairer Society

Author: John Atherton

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281067716

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 577

Is Britain a broken society? Written in accessible language that speaks directly into church, public sphere and also academy it enters the current political, economic and social policy/civil society debates concerning the values and directions of British society. It covers religion and the public square, wellbeing and happiness in the public square, the new economics, faiths and social welfare, a new political manifesto.

Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy

Author: D. C. Phillips

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483364755

Category: Education

Page: 952

View: 4982

Education is a field sometimes beset by theories-of-the-day and with easy panaceas that overpromise the degree to which they can alleviate pressing educational problems. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy introduces readers to theories that have stood the test of time and those that have provided the historical foundation for the best of contemporary educational theory and practice. Drawing together a team of international scholars, this invaluable reference examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, this work offers essays on cutting-edge research and concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Features: Over 300 signed entries by trusted experts in the field are organized into two volumes and overseen by a distinguished General Editor and an international Editorial Board. Entries are followed by cross references and further reading suggestions. A Chronology of Theory within the field of education highlights developments over the centuries; a Reader’s Guide groups entries thematically, and a master Bibliography facilitates further study. The Reader’s Guide, detailed index, and cross references combine for strong search-and-browse capabilities in the electronic version. Available in a choice of print or electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy is an ideal reference for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary educational theory.

Theories and Practices of Development

Author: Katie Willis

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136918345

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 4273

Global economic crisis and the implications of global environmental change have led academics and policy-makers to consider how ‘development’ in all parts of the world should be achieved. However, ‘development’ has always been a contested idea. While often presented as a positive process to improve people’s lives, the potential negative dimensions of ‘development’ on people and environments must also be recognized. Theories and Practices of Development provides a clear and user-friendly introduction to the complex debates around how development has been understood and achieved. The second edition has been fully updated and expanded to reflect global political and economic shifts, as well as new approaches to development. The rise of China and India is given particular attention, as is the global economic crisis and its implications for development theories and practice. There are new sections on faith-based development, and the development dimensions of climate change, as well as greater engagement with development theories as they are put into practice in the Global North. The book deals with the evolution of development ideas and policies, focusing on economic, political, social, environmental and spatial dimensions. It highlights how development cannot be considered as a neutral concept, but is entwined with inequalities in power at local, as well as national and global scales. The use of boxed examples, tables and illustrations helps students understand complex theoretical ideas and also demonstrates how development theories are put into practice in the real world. Each chapter ends with a summary section, discussion topics, suggestions for further reading and website resources.

Adaptation, Poverty and Development

The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being

Author: D. Clark

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137002778

Category: Political Science

Page: 229

View: 434

The first book to examine in detail the ways in which people adapt their understanding and behaviours towards poverty as a direct result to their experiences of poverty in developing countries, including world-leading academics and case studies from China, India, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Health Behavior

Theory, Research, and Practice

Author: Karen Glanz,Barbara K. Rimer,K. Viswanath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118629000

Category: Medical

Page: 512

View: 1115

The essential health behavior text, updated with the latesttheories, research, and issues Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice provides athorough introduction to understanding and changing healthbehavior, core tenets of the public health role. Covering theory,applications, and research, this comprehensive book has become thegold standard of health behavior texts. This new fifth edition hasbeen updated to reflect the most recent changes in the publichealth field with a focus on health behavior, including coverage ofthe intersection of health and community, culture, andcommunication, with detailed explanations of both established andemerging theories. Offering perspective applicable at theindividual, interpersonal, group, and community levels, thisessential guide provides the most complete coverage of the field togive public health students and practitioners an authoritativereference for both the theoretical and practical aspects of healthbehavior. A deep understanding of human behaviors is essential foreffective public health and health care management. This guideprovides the most complete, up-to-date information in the field, togive you a real-world understanding and the background knowledge toapply it successfully. Learn how e-health and social media factor into healthcommunication Explore the link between culture and health, and the importanceof community Get up to date on emerging theories of health behavior andtheir applications Examine the push toward evidence-based interventions, andglobal applications Written and edited by the leading health and social behaviortheorists and researchers, Health Behavior: Theory, Research andPractice provides the information and real-world perspectivethat builds a solid understanding of how to analyze and improvehealth behaviors and health.


A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

Author: Martin E. P. Seligman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439190763

Category: Psychology

Page: 349

View: 1554

Explains the four pillars of well-being--meaning and purpose, positive emotions, relationships, and accomplishment--placing emphasis on meaning and purpose as the most important for achieving a life of fulfillment.

Positive Psychology in Practice

Author: P. Alex Linley,Stephen Joseph

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118428900

Category: Psychology

Page: 792

View: 3745

A thorough and up-to-date guide to putting positive psychology into practice From the Foreword: "This volume is the cutting edge of positive psychology and the emblem of its future." -Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Authentic Happiness Positive psychology is an exciting new orientation in the field, going beyond psychology's traditional focus on illness and pathology to look at areas like well-being and fulfillment. While the larger question of optimal human functioning is hardly new - Aristotle addressed it in his treatises on eudaimonia - positive psychology offers a common language on this subject to professionals working in a variety of subdisciplines and practices. Applicable in many settings and relevant for individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies, positive psychology is a genuinely integrative approach to professional practice. Positive Psychology in Practice fills the need for a broad, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art reference for this burgeoning new perspective. Cutting across traditional lines of thinking in psychology, this resource bridges theory, research, and applications to offer valuable information to a wide range of professionals and students in the social and behavioral sciences. A group of major international contributors covers: The applied positive psychology perspective Historical and philosophical foundations Values and choices in pursuit of the good life Lifestyle practices for health and well-being Methods and processes for teaching and learning Positive psychology at work The best and most thorough treatment of this cutting-edge discipline, Positive Psychology in Practice is an essential resource for understanding this important new theory and applying its principles to all areas of professional practice.

Community Practice

Theories and Skills for Social Workers

Author: David A. Hardcastle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199842650

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 9287

For almost two decades, Community Practice has been a definitive text for social workers, community practitioners, and students eager to help individuals contribute to and use community resources or work to change oppressive community structures. In this third edition, a wealth of new charts and cases spotlight the linkages between theoretical orientations and practical skills, with an enhanced emphasis on the inherently political nature of social work and community practice. Boxes, examples, and exercises illustrate the range of skills and strategies available to savvy community practitioners in the 21st century, including networking, marketing and staging, political advocacy, and leveraging information and communication technologies. Other features include: - New material on community practice ethics, critical practice skills, community assessment and assets inventory and mapping, social problem analysis, and applying community ractice skills to casework practice - Consideration of post-9/11 community challenges - Discussion on the changing ethnic composition of America and what this means for practitioners - An exploration of a vastly changed political landscape following the election of President Obama, the Great Recession, the rise of the Tea Party, and the increasing political and corporate use of pseudo-grassroots endeavors - A completely revamped instructor's manual available online at This fully revised classic text provides a comprehensive and integrated overview of the community theory and skills fundamental to all areas of social work practice. Broad in scope and intensive in analysis, it is suitable for undergraduate as well as graduate study. Community Practice offers students and practitioners the tools necessary to promote the welfare of individuals and communities by tapping into the ecological foundations of community and social work practice.