Cultures of Optimism

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Cultures of Optimism
Format:
Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
01-01-2015
Sprog:
Engelsk
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In the context of widespread intellectual pessimism, this book explores how individuals and societies sustain hope. It focuses, in particular, on the active role played by powerful institutions in the propagation of optimism. The cultures they promote offer visions of the future, which nurture hope and meaning, and exercise strong influences on how people act in the present. Yet these processes often go unobserved.

In this sequel to his acclaimed book on cultural pessimism, Oliver Bennett examines the institutional promotion of optimism in five different domains: democratic politics; work; the family; religion; and psychotherapy. In doing so, Bennett addresses a number of questions: what are the functions of optimism in modern societies? How and why do institutions promote it? What values and attitudes are involved? Drawing on a range of disciplines, including social and evolutionary psychology, intellectual history and organisational behaviour, this book throws new light on an important but neglected aspect of modern culture.



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ISBN13:
9781137484802
Vægt:
431 g
Dybde:
14 mm
Bredde:
140 mm
Højde:
216 mm
Forlag:
Aiaa
Format:
Hardback

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