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The happiness turn?: Mapping the emergence of "happiness studies" using cited references
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Philosophy Linguist & Theory Sci, S-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden..
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. Univ Gothenburg, Dept Philosophy Linguist & Theory Sci, S-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.;Univ Boras, SSLIS, Boras, Sweden.. (Digital resources and services)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5196-7148
2015 (English)In: Scientometrics, ISSN 0138-9130, E-ISSN 1588-2861, Vol. 103, no 2, 615-630 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes "happiness studies" as an emerging field of inquiry throughout various scientific disciplines and research areas. Utilizing four operationalized search terms in the Web of Science; "happiness", "subjective well-being", "life satisfaction" and "positive affect", a dataset was created for empirical citation analysis. Combined with qualitative interpretations of the publications, our results show how happiness studies has developed over time, in what journals the citing papers have been published, and which authors and researchers are the most productive within this set. We also trace various trends in happiness studies, such as the social indicators movement, the introduction of positive psychology and various medical and clinical applications of happiness studies. We conclude that "happiness studies" has emerged in many different disciplinary contexts and progressively been integrated and standardized. Moreover, beginning at the turn of the millennium, happiness studies has even begun to shape an autonomous field of inquiry, in which happiness becomes a key research problem for itself. Thus, rather than speaking of a distinct "happiness turn", our study shows that there have been many heterogeneous turns to happiness, departing in a number of different disciplines.

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2015. Vol. 103, no 2, 615-630 p.
Keyword [en]
Happiness studies, Cited references, Bibliographic coupling, Multidisciplinary, Citation analysis
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Other Social Sciences History of Ideas
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Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8714DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1536-3ISI: 000352995000015OAI: diva2:898842
Samproduktionen av samhällsvetenskap och samhälle: exemplet lyckoforskning
Swedish Research Council, 2012-1117
Available from: 2016-01-29 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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