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Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome

Updated Friday, 22nd May 2015

Laurie Taylor and guests discuss why policy makers are focused on measuring happiness in this week's Thinking Allowed. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

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The Happiness Industry:

Laurie Taylor talks to Will Davies, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, who asks why policy makers have become increasingly focused on measuring happiness. 

 'Wellness syndrome':

Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at City University, argues that visions of positive social change have been replaced by a focus on individual well-being.

They are also joined by Laura Hyman, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth who joins in the discussions.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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