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Happiness Studies: The Co-production of Social Science and Social Order

Journal article
Authors Margareta Hallberg
Christopher Kullenberg
Published in Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 42-50
ISSN 1894-4647
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 42-50
Language en
Keywords Co-production, happiness studies, social sciences
Subject categories Theory of science


This article is about the growth and establishment of the interdisciplinary research field ”Happiness Studies”. This article focuses on how research on happiness has become a quickly growing and successful field within western societies and what it says about both the social sciences and contemporary social order. The concept of co-production, as defined by Sheila Jasanoff, is used to show how science and society interact and influence each other. Hence, we show how happiness has become a significant topic for empirical studies and the way interdisciplinary research is intertwined with what is perceived as both challenging and worth striving for in society and culture.

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