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Positive Psychology as a Force for Social Change

Robert Biswas-Diener, P. Alex Linley, Reena Govindji, and Linda Woolston

in Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195373585
eISBN:
9780199893263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0027
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology, Health Psychology

Researchers are at a crucial turning point in the evolution of positive psychology. The initial period in which it was necessary for apologists of positive psychology to establish the validity and ... More


From Spirit to System

Kerwin Lee IZlein

in Frontiers of Historical Imagination: Narrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520204638
eISBN:
9780520924185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520204638.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the American frontier thesis as part of changing narrative traditions. It discusses the differences between the views of Frederick Jackson Turner, who emplotted the European ... More


Poverty and Other Social Problems

Morris Rossabi

in Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243996
eISBN:
9780520938625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243996.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

Social problems intensified throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The catalogue of social ills — unpaid doctors, nurses, and teachers, user fees deterring the poor from seeking medical services, ... More


Little Black Sambo, I’m Going to Eat You Up!

Ian Bogost

in How To Talk About Videogames

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816699117
eISBN:
9781452952406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699117.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter looks at the controversial appearance of a racial slur in a game about language and how that teaches one about our expectations for language, and games. The focuse of this chapter is on ... More


Optimism: Dreams for a New Metropolis Amid a Landscape of Ruin

J. Charles Schencking

in The Great Kant? Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162180
eISBN:
9780231535069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162180.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter describes the optimistic views of the Japanese elite who saw the Great Kantō Earthquake as an opportunity to create a “new” Tokyo that would be free from the social ills and afflictions ... More


The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa

Christine Jeske

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501752506
eISBN:
9781501752537
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501752506.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

When people cannot find good work, can they still find good lives? By investigating this question in the context of South Africa, where only 43 percent of adults are employed, this book invites ... More


The Stories the Numbers Do Not Tell: Measuring and Monitoring Well-Being in a Culture of Health

Carol Graham

in Well-Being: Expanding the Definition of Progress: Insights From Practitioners, Researchers, and Innovators From Around the Globe

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190080495
eISBN:
9780190080525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190080495.003.0003
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter discusses the measurement of well-being in a Culture of Health. The aggregate numbers and standard measures typically used to measure progress—growth rates, unemployment figures, and ... More


The Sacrifice of Golden Boys and Girls: The Padrone System and New Jersey Agriculture

Cindy Hahamovitch

in The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807846391
eISBN:
9781469603964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899922_hahamovitch.7
Subject:
History, Economic History

This chapter shows how the concern for Italian berry pickers in New Jersey was a small part of a much larger and more sweeping “progressive movement.” Reformers were concerned about so many social ... More


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