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dc.contributor.supervisor Mair, Kimberly
dc.contributor.author Layton, Tanner Reid
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-05T22:22:21Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-05T22:22:21Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5324
dc.description.abstract In recent years, expectations to pursue happiness have shifted to well-being—a concept that has been increasingly taken up by the field of positive psychology and mental health organizations in North America. I use critical discourse analysis to examine four mental health and well-being texts: Martin Seligman’s Flourish, a Bell Let’s Talk advertisement, and two Canadian Mental Health Association brochures. By embodying traces of the eudaimonic tradition that links well-being to particular ways of living, ways of thinking, and emotion management, these discourses psychologize and individualize emotion by producing a depoliticized, responsible, and normative subject. With their insistence on responsibility, balance, and resiliency, I argue that these discourses support neoliberalism and its inherent violence by disciplining readers to think of their emotions primarily in individualized terms. By doing so, these discourses center mental health in a way that renders ongoing structural inequities peripheral to the cultivation of personal well-being. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Department of Sociology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Well-being en_US
dc.subject Critical discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject Positive psychology en_US
dc.subject Emotions en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.subject negative emotions en_US
dc.subject sociality of emotion en_US
dc.title The Peripheralization of structural realities: a critical social theory of well-being en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0626 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0422 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0621 en_US
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dc.embargo No en_US


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