The label “feel-good film” has been widely used in recent discourse on cinema ( Brown 2015 ; Burnetts 2009 ; Egan and Leder Mackley 2013 ; Hjort 2010 ; Rees 2015 ). At the same time, despite some efforts to arrive at a clear-cut concept of
Genre Features and Emotional Rewards
Keyvan Sarkhosh and Winfried Menninghaus
Hamlet as a Material Object
We owe to the great librarian and bibliographer Alfred W. Pollard the distinction between what he called ‘bad quartos’ and what he called ‘good quartos’. Most people interested in Hamlet do not even know, or care, what a ‘quarto’ is, and they
Balancing Moral Possibilities in Everyday Life between Sensation, Symptom and Healthcare Seeking
Sara Marie Hebsgaard Offersen, Peter Vedsted, and Rikke Sand Andersen
possibilities for acting as ‘a good citizen’ are reflected in the bodily practices of the Danish middle class, this article particularly pays attention to the ways in which notions of morality are embedded in perceptions of bodily sensations and thereby create
Responding to Rape Culture in 13 Reasons Why
Cameron Greensmith and Jocelyn Sakal Froese
the radar of Netflix, victims of rape and rape culture do not. This is the crux of our argument. Building on Berlant's (2011) theorization of the good life, we engage seriously with the structures of violence in 13RW 2 and link them to structures
The Place of Destruction in the Organization of Social Life, Which Means Hierarchy
Frederick H. Damon
is there in social life that makes destruction so often the condition of creation, the dead the lead-in to the good? The relationship between destruction and hierarchy is the problem, although in some social contexts hierarchy is desocialized into
The unwieldy career of a Swedish rail tunnel project
Large-scale technological projects are born as visions among politicians and leaders of industry. For such visions to become real, they must be transformed from a virtual existence in the minds of their creators to a reality that can be accepted, even welcomed, by the public, not least by the communities who will become neighbors to those projects. Democracy implies that political decisions over the expenditure of public funds should answer not merely to the partial interests of stakeholders but should be accountable to the 'greater good' of society at large. Since a technological project materializes in what Latour calls a 'variable ontology-world', the greater good associated with it can be expected to be dynamic and shifting. The Hallandsås railway tunnel in southwestern Sweden illustrates how the very premises of the project's organizational logic have changed over time, the discourse of the greater good moving from an economical focus to an environmental one.
Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines
Alex B. Brillantes and Maricel T. Fernandez
This article discusses how the Gawad Kalinga movement in the Philippines has operationalized good governance among its communities. This movement has not only provided opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between and among the three major governance actors, governments, business, and civil society, but more important, provided a framework for active citizen engagement in the process of improving their quality of life. Citizen participation is central not only in the theory of social quality but also in good governance. The paper argues argues that in order for reforms to be successful and sustainable, institutional reforms and active citizen engagement are necessary. These reforms are key to addressing some basic problems facing nations today, an alarming decline in trust in institutions and corruption. This paper is divided into three parts. The first part discusses good governance approaches and reform of public administration in relation to social quality theory. The second part discusses the tenets of citizenship and civil organization leadership within the context of good governance. The third part focuses on an emerging citizens’ movement in the Philippines—the Gawad Kalinga movement, which highlights the aspects of citizen engagement. The last part contains some concluding remarks drawn from the Gawad Kalinga experience as applied governance reform, and its implications for enhancing social quality.
On a Finite Economy in Bosnia
This article outlines how the good life and a decent death in contemporary Bosnia are underwritten and undermined by informal forms of debt. Such debts finance pursuit of a pleasurable life in a post-conflict, post-socialist economy but inspire daily anxieties, not least about dying indebted. The article runs through household budgeting, everyday splurges, bodily discomforts, ordinary death and a funeral marketplace, suggesting a 'finite economy' of vernacular practice incited and limited by an habitual fixation on existential finitude.
Between Too Little and Too Much Hunting Success in Siberia
Ludek Broz and Rane Willerslev
Two indigenous Siberian groups-the Yukaghirs and the Telengits-share rather similar ideas about success in hunting as an elusive and highly precarious tension between too little and too much luck. In the catalogue of semiotics, it corresponds to the homonym whereby one sound/spelling is the manifestation of two words with different meanings. The result, as we shall show, is that any lucky hunter always inhabits the alternative possibility of his own failure. In this sense, good luck in hunting might at any point be exposed as bad fortune.
Keyvan Sarkhosh and Winfried Menninghaus
Genre Features and Emotional Rewards Supplemental Material Table S1. Frequency, Mean List Rank, and Cognitive Salience Index (CSI) for prototypical feel-good films mentioned by more than 5% of either the female or male participants