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The Promise of Happiness by Sara Ahmed
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Feb 04, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: theory
Read from February 04 to March 16, 2011

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 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.

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