Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating, argues William Davies in his new book The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Wellbeing. In the article below, originally published by openDemocracy, Davies explores the roots of today's flourishing wellbeing industry and asks whether shifting our focus to unhappiness might in fact be "healthier" for society as a whole.
Corporations and governments have co-opted the idea of the ‘social’ for their own ends. Is there anything we can do about it? Writer and sociologist William Davies, author of The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Wellbeing outlines his response for the Guardian
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