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Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Peter N. Stearns


In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, modern urban, industrial, affluent societies have made great strides towards fixing some of the problems that plagued other societies for centuries: food shortages are nearly eliminated, infant and maternal mortality has fallen dramatically, birth control is both readily available and effective, education levels are higher, and internal violence is significantly reduced. Modernity's blessings are many and bountiful—but has modernity really made us happy? This book is about the modern condition, and why the gains of living in modern urban, industrial ... More

Keywords: modernity, happiness, modern life, psychological depression, anxiety, contentment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814783627
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter N. Stearns, author