Konstruktionen af Lykke

Thomas Hermansen, Tine Toft Jørgensen, Sofie Panduro, Thorbjørn Elmén Pedersen, Kristian Ersbøll Berg Poulsen & Stine Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project provides insight into how happiness is constructed as truth within a scientific field. The project is situated within the poststructuralist and con- structivist research tradition, with a theoretical perspective founded in Michel Foucault’s The Will to Knowledge: The history of Sexuality 1 and additional terminology. The methodical approach is a partial deconstruction with the purpose of drawing out the techniques and mechanisms, which form the con- struction of happiness, as well as the subsequent dissemination of this. With this perspective as point of reference, we have analyzed the field of surveys and research on happiness, looking at European Social Survey and researcher Bent Greve, as well as the articulation of happiness research in the media. The conclusion of this project is that the truth about happiness is put together by a non-theoretical, quantitative science based upon a positivistic scientific tradi- tion. The construction of the concept of happiness is disseminated through the media, which thereby creates discursive perceptions of “the good life”.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2012
VejledereSøren Juul


  • foucault
  • positivisme
  • perspektivisme
  • dekonstruktion
  • kvantitativ metode
  • poststrukturalisme
  • enhedsvidenskab
  • objektivisme
  • lykke
  • magt
  • pastoralmagt
  • episteme
  • diskurs
  • bent greve
  • socialkonstruktivisme