Special section of Sociological Research Online on Wellbeing and Happiness: call for abstracts

Special Section on Happiness Research in Sociological Research Online 2013

The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group invites social scientists to submit abstracts for their forthcoming special section that aims to explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing the sociological study of happiness. We feel that happiness research has been neglected in mainstream sociology journals and this special section we hope will be the first of many that raises the profile of this field of study. We define happiness broadly to include research into wellbeing, life satisfaction, flourishing and quality of life and we welcome papers around the inter-relationships between sociology and any of these areas. This for example may include 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 problematize 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 (max 500 words) Deadline: Friday 19th October 2012
Notification of accepted papers: Friday 26th October 2012
Submission of papers: Friday 25th January 2013

Please submit abstracts to Mark Cieslik: mark.cieslik@northumbria.ac.uk

Sociological Research Online is a well-regarded electronic journal associated with the British Sociological Association. Before submitting an abstract please consult the journals guidelines for authors (see their website for details) as this offers additional information on the editorial policy of the journal.

Abstracts and selected papers will be reviewed by the guest editors for this special section and then by the editors of the journal. We hope to include between eight and ten articles for publication.

The special section on happiness research will be published online in 2013

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