Conclusion: Modernization as the Collective Pursuit of Happiness
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The concluding chapter summarizes the book by explaining how and why the origin of happiness is relevant to our understanding of the modernization processes and contemporary experience of happiness. It argues that happiness has represented one of the central themes guiding the processes of modernization that have fundamentally determined what we experience today. Following from this, the birth of happiness is presented as essential to our understanding of a broader context in which important aspects of individual and social life—such as consumer culture, the modern state, economic system, science and technology, idea of progress, etc.—have emerged in the West.