Culture and Well-Being

Culture and Well-Being : Anthropological Approaches to Freedom and Political Ethics

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The concept of well-being has emerged as a key category of social and political thought, especially in the fields of moral and political philosophy, development studies and economics. This book takes a critical look at the notion of well-being by examining what well-being means, or could mean, to people living in a number of different regions including Sudan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, India, Sierra Leone and the UK. The contributors take issue with some of the assumptions behind Western concepts of well-being. They explore what characterises a 'good life' and how this idea has been affected by globalisation and neoliberalism. The book makes a major contribution to social theory by presenting new analytical models that make sense of the changing shapes of people's life and ethical more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 136 x 222 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745326803
  • 9780745326801
  • 1,545,361

About Alberto Corsin Jimenez

Alberto Corsin Jimenez is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Notes on contributors Introduction Well-being's re-proportioning of social thought Alberto Corsin Jimenez Part I: Distributive values 1. The impossibility of wellbeing: development language and the pathologisation of Nepal Ian Harper and Bryan Maddox 2. Good ways and bad ways: transformations of law and mining in Papua New Guinea1 Eric Hirsch Part II. Persons 3. Well-being: in whose opinion, and who pays? Wendy James 4. Primed for well-being: young people, diabetes and insulin pumps Griet Scheldeman 5. On well-being, being well and well-becoming: on the move with hospital porters Nigel Rapport Part III: Proportionalities 6. Measuring--or practicing--well-being? Michael Lambek 7. 'Realising the substance of their happiness': how anthropology forgot about homo gauisus Neil Thin 8. The intension and extension of well-being: transformation in diaspora Jain understandings of non-violence James Laidlaw 9. Well-being in anthropological balance: remarks on proportionality as political imagination Alberto Corsin Jimenez Indexshow more