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This chapter provides a critical introduction to the four main faces of wellbeing and happiness in public policy, and the key concepts and methods that underlie them. Arguing against the reification of wellbeing as a ‘real thing’ that people may ‘have’, it maintains that constructions of wellbeing are intrinsically connected to the contexts in which they are generated and the research methods by which they are produced. It describes the methodological issues that arise in wellbeing research, challenges the dominance of quantitative methods and indicates the contribution of qualitative and mixed methods approaches. It introduces the chapters to come and how they address these questions and speak to the wider literature, and to the integration of wellbeing in policy.
|Title of host publication||Cultures of Wellbeing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Method, Place, Policy|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke, U. K.|
|Number of pages||44|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Oct 2015|