BSA Happiness Study Group, Day Conference

British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group

Day Conference

Wednesday 1st February 2012, 10.30am-4.30pm

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Call for Abstracts

Researching Happiness: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group invites social scientists to submit abstracts for their forthcoming day conference that aims to explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing the sociological study of happiness. We intend to explore questions and issues around:
  • How does social/sociological theory inform research into happiness?
  • How does happiness research relate to foundational debates in sociology around social identities, power relationships, social divisions, biography and social change?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative research into happiness? How do we develop mixed methods approaches to happiness research?
  • How can happiness be measured, and can sociology seek to problematise its measurement?
  • What can sociology learn from other disciplines such as economics, philosophy and psychology about research into happiness?
  • How do we accommodate the subjective and objective features of happiness in sociological research?
  • What contributions can specialist areas of sociology such as emotions, family, work, the body, sexualities or sport offer the sociological study of happiness?

Abstracts of 250 words to be submitted to Laura Hyman at

Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 28th 2011
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: December 9th 2011
Deadline for registration of delegates: December 16th 2011

Registration fee (to include buffet lunch and refreshments) £35 (£25 for BSA members). To register, please click here:

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