Cultures of Optimism

The Institutional Promotion of Hope

  • Oliver¬†Bennett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Oliver Bennett
    Pages 1-7
  3. Oliver Bennett
    Pages 8-24
  4. Oliver Bennett
    Pages 25-57
  5. Oliver Bennett
    Pages 58-88
  6. Oliver Bennett
    Pages 167-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-231

About this book


What are the functions of optimism in modern societies? How is hope culturally transmitted? What values and attitudes does it reflect? This book explores how and why powerful institutions propagate 'cultures of optimism' in different domains, such as politics, work, the family, religion and psychotherapy.


Optimism hope cultural policy democracy political speeches human resource management work parenting the family religions eschatology pessimism culture Institution politics religion

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver¬†Bennett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-50357-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48481-9
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