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An Anthropological Journey into Well-Being

Insights from Bolivia

Calestani, Melania

2013, X, 96 p. 4 illus.

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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

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

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