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The Happiness Fantasy CARL CEDERSTRÖM

In this devastatingly witty new book, Carl Cederström traces our present-day conception of happiness from its roots in early-twentieth-century European psychiatry, to the Beat generation, to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He argues that happiness is now defined by a desire to be “authentic”, to experience physical pleasure, and to cultivate a quirky individuality. But over the last fifty years, these once-revolutionary ideas have been co-opted by corporations and advertisers, pushing us to live lives that are increasingly unfulfilling, insecure and narcissistic. In an age of increasing austerity and social division, Cederström argues that a radical new dream of happiness is gathering pace. There is a vision of the good life which promotes deeper engagement with the world and our place within it, over the individualism and hedonism of previous generations. Guided by this more egalitarian worldview, we can reinvent ourselves and our societies. CARL CEDERSTRÖM is Associate Professor at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University. “Happiness is big business – and big politics – these days. But as Cederstrom shows in this sharp and engaging book, its recent history can be disturbing. Combining humor with a much-needed skepticism, he shows that in a world of happiness, not all is smiles.” – Darrin M. McMahon, author Happiness: A History

216 x 138mm | 176 pages | September 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-2380-1 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2381-8 £12.99 | $16.95 | €16.90

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Sex Robots The End of Love KATHLEEN RICHARDSON

There are more ways of connecting and communicating via technology than ever before. Yet loneliness is on the rise as we begin to experience an “attachment crisis” in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. Enter sex robots. Built from the bodies of sex dolls, they are created to help humans – particularly men – cope with our inability to connect. What does the rise of sex robots tell us about the way that women and girls are imagined? To what extent are porn, prostitution and child sexual exploitation driving the attachment crisis? In this bold and trenchant critique, Kathleen Richardson argues that sex robots are produced within a framework of “property relations” – where egocentric Man (and his disconnection from Woman) shapes the building of robots and AI. Presenting a passionate case for the abolition of practices that cast women as property, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of robot ethics, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy of technology, sociology and related fields, as well as anyone concerned for the future of human relationships. KATHLEEN RICHARDSON is Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University.

216 x 138mm | 176 pages | November 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-3028-1 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3029-8 £14.99 | $19.95 | €19.90

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