One of my favorite jokes: Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: That's not funny. We've been trying to fight against the stereotypes of the feminist killjoy, dour queer, angry radical, melancholy migrant. It's frightening when someone says Maybe they're right sometimes. Maybe engaging consciously with injustice will make you unhappy.
Instead of trying to claim that we're finding some deeper happiness, maybe we should be challenging the supremacy of the promise of happiness to One of my favorite jokes: Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? Instead of trying to claim that we're finding some deeper happiness, maybe we should be challenging the supremacy of the promise of happiness to begin with. This book is written with an academic stance, and I found some of the philosophy dry and the close readings of movies and books too detailed. But I'm fascinated by the big ideas in it: how feminists, queers, migrants, and revolutionaries are 'affect aliens'; the coercive, reactive nature of the push for happiness; the exploration of 'queer pessimism' and 'being for being against'; and the notion that freedom to be unhappy also carries with it the freedom to be happy in inappropriate ways.
Apr 16, Frank Cernik rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ahmed returns to theorizing both how emotion is created and how it is employed. It often will take its power as a kind of debt, where one person or group will give up their claims to happiness so that Ahmed returns to theorizing both how emotion is created and how it is employed. As she explores these aspects of happiness, she also takes a close look at the forms of unhappiness and alternative happiness , as well as the value of those forms.
Again, her purpose here is political: accepting and valuing unhappiness takes a lot of the pressure off of assimilation, and creates more spaces for different ways of life. Aug 05, Nabilah rated it really liked it. Menurut Sara Ahmed di dalam buku ini, konsep kebahagiaan yang ditetapkan oleh budaya arus perdana tak semestinya menjanjikan kebahagiaan kepada semua orang. Sara Ahmed menerangkan betapa bahayanya konsep kebahagiaan yang tidak diperiksa dan dianalisis terutamanya kepada wanita, LGBT dan golongan minoriti yang lain.
Pessisme pada penulis ialah salah satu cara untuk menentang, mengenalpasti penindasan tetapi penulis tidak mengagungkan pessisme sebagai alternatif tetapi hanya sebagai salah satu wak Menurut Sara Ahmed di dalam buku ini, konsep kebahagiaan yang ditetapkan oleh budaya arus perdana tak semestinya menjanjikan kebahagiaan kepada semua orang. Pessisme pada penulis ialah salah satu cara untuk menentang, mengenalpasti penindasan tetapi penulis tidak mengagungkan pessisme sebagai alternatif tetapi hanya sebagai salah satu wake-up call kepada golongan-golongan yang sering menganggap submissiveness, compliance sebagai kunci kebahagiaan di dunia ini.
Feb 04, Karl Steel rated it it was amazing Shelves: theory. No time to write an elaborate review. I'll just say I loved it. Eminently quotable, speaks to much of what I'm working on right now whether it's happiness for whom, or critiquing activity vs passivity, or going after the affirmative turn, or hope as anxiety. I have my hesitations: for example: not sure why she concludes one chapter looking to filmic dreck like The Island, Antz, and Bee Movie for examples of unhappiness as 'an alternative social gift, as this dreck leads me to believe that the No time to write an elaborate review.
I have my hesitations: for example: not sure why she concludes one chapter looking to filmic dreck like The Island, Antz, and Bee Movie for examples of unhappiness as 'an alternative social gift, as this dreck leads me to believe that the supposedly left political thrust of book could just as well have gone the other way. To my hesitations I say whatever: they'll have to wait. Sep 13, Grace rated it it was amazing. Although there were a few spots I laboured over, this book gave me new insights on happiness, affect theory and feminism.
While I still can't completely wrap my head around affect theory, it fascinates me and I think will be a concept that sticks with me moving forward hopefully as an academic. I love to read books like this with a pencil in hand and did just that, adding comments and questions in the m I am glad I finally had time to sit down and read Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness in full. I love to read books like this with a pencil in hand and did just that, adding comments and questions in the margins.
Excellent read overall! Jun 15, Manuel rated it it was amazing. Loved this book since the beginning! I would highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to have a good time, specially on this specific genre, there was a few things that iwould have changed in this book but that happens most of the times i read books so it's not such a big deal.
Loved it, thats all i've gotta say. Well deserved five stars. Jun 20, Erdem Tasdelen rated it really liked it. A very timely book. A very good time to be asking the questions that Sara Ahmed is asking. I also really appreciate her varied references. But still, I find her writing slightly repetitive. May 07, David Carrasquillo rated it really liked it.
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I did not have a clear idea of what this book might bring to the table. In spite, of being it written in a highly technical fashion for most of the capters, it has a very personal, fragile and intimate side also. I liked that it can be percieved that the author feels in a very genuine way and tries to expand her views and experiences of love, and happiness to a wider and sociological level. Apr 13, s rated it really liked it. Sep 22, Tatiana rated it really liked it. Tiene la habilidad maravillosa de armar un libro con todos los puntos de vista distinguibles para una sola idea.
Jun 18, Vi Vi rated it it was amazing. Must read for any one interested in social justice. Jul 25, Sara Salem rated it it was amazing. Jul 12, Nellalou rated it really liked it Shelves: culture , feminism-gender-queer , philosophy , women-writers. I actually started this in mid-June. Forgot to add it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Sara Ahmed. Sara Ahmed. Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist. Her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures.
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Description 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. Ahmed maintains that happiness is a promise that directs us toward certain life choices and away from others. Happiness is promised to those willing to live their lives in the right way.
Ahmed draws on the intellectual history of happiness, from classical accounts of ethics as the good life, through seventeenth-century writings on affect and the passions, eighteenth-century debates on virtue and education, and nineteenth-century utilitarianism. She engages with feminist, antiracist, and queer critics who have shown how happiness is used to justify social oppression, and how challenging oppression causes unhappiness. Reading novels and films including Mrs. Dalloway, The Well of Loneliness, Bend It Like Beckham, and Children of Men, Ahmed considers the plight of the figures who challenge and are challenged by the attribution of happiness to particular objects or social ideals: the feminist killjoy, the unhappy queer, the angry black woman, and the melancholic migrant.
Through her readings she raises critical questions about the moral order imposed by the injunction to be happy. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Back cover copy "At a time when happiness studies are all the rage and feminism is accused of destroying women's happiness, Sara Ahmed offers a bold critique of the consensus that happiness is an unconditional good. According to Ahmed, these books expose the performativity of happiness. As both a word and a desired state, happiness does things. The promise of happiness encourages us to want certain objects and to prioritize our desires in particular ways.
Early in the book, Ahmed discusses the part of the happiness injunction that is the responsibility to be happy for others, a feature that binds happiness causes and happiness trajectories to structures of sociality. In some of her early examples the bride unhappy on her wedding day; the individual in a laughing crowd who feels shame or disgust for not sharing the joke , the happiness injunction and the gaps it produces appears as a universal condition.
However, some social groups are aware of the underside of the happiness promise more keenly than others. There are undoubtedly others, but these particular case studies provide a rich cultural archive of unhappiness texts novels and films, for the most part that enable Ahmed to identify the gap between the promise of happiness and how one is actually affected by the objects that promise happiness.
Ahmed finds unhappiness archives in a range of places, some predictable, others less so. This chapter also makes a significant contribution to discussions of the affective politics of homonormativity and of the ambivalence of certain normative happiness promises in an examination of the film If These Walls Could Talk 2 Integration and assimilation are happiness injunctions that foreclose certain cultural attachments and demand that we forget the colonial past.
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A close analysis of the films Bend it Like Beckham and East is East present the migrant as a subject expected to perform the duty of happiness through a renunciation of the unhappy colonial past and the racist present. In all of these cases, the unhappiness of the affect alien functions to expose the ideological loadedness of the happiness imperative. A recurrence of certain ideas and protagonists associated with the recent affective turn in cultural studies Lauren Berlant, Heather Love, Ann Cvetcovitch, Eve Sedgwick, and David Eng, for example helps to locate The Promise of Happiness within the particular sub-field of affect studies.
For those types of readers, The Promise of Happiness will serve as a useful introduction to the philosophies underpinning contemporary theoretical approaches to thinking about sociality, subjectivity, affect, and the governance of life.