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A unique contribution to the exploration of a new perspective in the study of well-being
Focuses on individual and collective definitions of the 'good life' in the Bolivian plateau and explores potential contradictions between different orientations and models of well-being
Offers a contribution to Andean anthropology and to the understanding of 'poverty' and wellbeing
Makes a contribution to debates regarding poverty and well-being
This volume is a unique contribution to the exploration of a new perspective in the study of well-being, which tries to overcome the quantification bias by creating an account of ‘the good life’ in a specific place. Rather than numbers, this research focuses on local narratives, emphasising the urgent need to include a wider range of methodological approaches when engaging with well-being.
The volume demonstrates through the Bolivian case study the value of qualitative research for well-being studies. It shows the potential to integrate predominant quantitative data with qualitative outcomes, such as those emerging through ethnography. It is aimed at academics, researchers and students in well-being/quality of life studies, as well as audiences in the non-profit, governmental and policy in the non-profit sectors. The book provides new perspectives in achieving better indicators of well-being and quality-of-life.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »An anthropological approach to well-being - Aymara intellectuals - Constitutión Política del Estado - Ethnographic Research in the urban area of El Alto, Bolivia - Everyday Life in Bolivia - Fiesta or religious festivity in El Alto, Bolivia - Household Harmony in Bolivia - Household dynamics in El Alto, Bolivia - Important political changes in Bolivia - National Well-Being Bolivia - Social Mobilisation in El Alto, Bolivia - Suma Jakaňa - Suma Qamaňa - Universal Definitions of Well-Being - Value of Living Well Together - Well-Being and Community in Bolivia - Well-Being and Methodological Approaches - Well-Being and Relations