The Promise of Happiness

@inproceedings{Ahmed2010ThePO,
  title={The Promise of Happiness},
  author={Sara Ahmed},
  year={2010}
}
The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and feminist cultural studies, Sara Ahmed reveals the affective and moral work performed by the “happiness duty,” the expectation that we will be made happy by taking part in that which is deemed good, and that by… 
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