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Contributions from international scholars from diverse disciplines and cultures
Explores countries from across the world and focuses on special themes of happiness
Insightful compliation for researchers who study happiness
Different cultures experience happiness differently. Traditionally, the West is considered materialistic, and happiness is said to come from achievement and acquisition. The East is said to be more people-oriented, where happiness is a result of deep personal interactions. Thus, poor people can be happier in the East than the West, because they are not so concerned with possession and more with society. This book considers happiness and quality of life in non-Western countries and cultures. Its coverage is diverse and spans the breadth of the non-Western world, revealing unique perspectives of happiness and life quality embedded in rich cultural traditions and histories.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Bangladesh happiness - Brazil happiness - Buddhism happiness - China happiness - Hong Kong happiness - India happiness - Japan happiness - Kazakhstan happiness - Malawi happiness - Malaysia happiness - Peru happiness - Singapore happiness - South Africa happiness - South Korea happiness - Zen and happiness - anthropology and happiness - cross-cultural happiness - feminism - gender studies - happiness and islam - happiness studies - hedonism - interpersonal mistrust - non-western cultures - philosophy of happiness - psychology and happiness - quality of life - relationships and happiness - subjective well-being - unhappiness - well-being
INTRODUCTION.- 1: HAPPINESS IN INDIA: Ed Diener, Robert Biswas-Diener and Louis Tay.- 2: HAPPINESS ON THE TIBETAN PLATEAU: Dave Webb.- 3: HAPPINESS AND LIFE SATISFACTION IN MALAYSIA: Ryan T. Howell, Wan Tien Chong, Colleen J. Howell, & Kurt Schwabe.- 4: HAPPINESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Gareth Davey.- 5: QUALITY OF LIFE OF AN ASIAN METROPOLIS IN A GOVERNANCE CRISIS: THE CASE OF HONG KONG: Ming Sing.- 6: QUALITY OF WORK LIFE IN MACAU: Ricardo Rato and Gareth Davey.- 7: SATISFACTION AND SOCIETAL QUALITY IN KAZAKHSTAN: Pamela Abbott and Claire Wallace.- 8: SINGAPORE: A HAPPY STATE OF MIND: Siok Kuan Tambyah.- 9: HAPPINESS IN THAILAND: Rossarin Soottipong Gray.- 10: THE POLITICS OF WELLBEING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: RESEARCH WITH ORGANIC FARMERS IN CAMBODIA: Alice Beban.- 11: FARMERS' HAPPINESS FROM FISH PRODUCTION; A CASE STUDY IN VIETNAM: Nguyen Minh Duc.- 12: CONSTRUCTIONS OF HAPPINESS AND SATISFACTION IN THE KINGDOM OF TONGA: Sean E. Moore and Heather E. Young Leslie.- 13: HAPPINESS IN AN ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY; WHAT IT MEANS ‘TO BE WELL’ AND ‘TO ENJOY LIFE’ IN CENTRAL-WESTERN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA: Daniela Heil.- 14: HAPPINESS IN THE AMAZON: FOLK EXPLANATIONS OF HAPPINESS IN A HUNTER-HORTICULTURALIST SOCIETY IN THE BOLIVIAN AMAZON: Victoria Reyes-García and Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS).- 15: HAPPINESS IN BRAZIL: Gazi Islam.- 16: HAPPINESS IN MEXICO: THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN RELATIONS: Mariano Rojas.- 17: HAPPY VILLAGES AND UNHAPPY SLUMS? UNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS DETERMINANTS IN PERU: Mònica Guillen-Royo and Jackeline Velazco.- 18: LIFE SATISFACTION IN MALAWI: Tim Hinks and Simon Davies.- 19: HAPPINESS IN NIGERIA: A SOCIO-CULTURAL ANALYSIS: Aaron Agbo, Thaddeus Nzeadibe and Chukwuedozie Ajaero.- 20: GHANAIAN HAPPINESS: GLOBAL, CULTURAL, AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: Vivian Afi Abui Dzokoto.- 21: LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: AN ECONOMIC VIEW OF HAPPINESS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Jeffrey Bookwalter.- 22: CONCEPTS OF WELLBEING AMONG ORGANIC FARMERS AND PLANTATION WORKERS IN MADAGASCAR: Cathy Rozel Farnworth.- 23: HAPPINESS IN A POST-CONFLICT SOCIETY: RWANDA: Pamela Abbott and Claire Wallace.- 24: HAPPINESS IN NAVAJOS (DINÉ BA’ HÓZHÓ): Angela Willeto.- 25: IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY: WELL-BEING AMONG INUIT IN ARCTIC CANADA: Michael Kral and Lori Idlout.- 26: CLIMATE, CASH, AND CULTURALLY EMBEDDED HAPPINESS: Evert Van de Vliert.- 27: HINDUISM, HAPPINESS AND WELLBEING: A CASE STUDY OF ADULTHOOD IN AN ORIYA HINDU TEMPLE TOWN: Usha Menon.- 28: THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS: A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: Stephen G. Morris.- DOES HAPPINESS DIFFER ACROSS CULTURES?: Ruut Veenhoven.- INDEX.