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An Anthropological Journey into Well-Being

by Calestani, Melania.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research, 2211-7644 Physical details: X, 96 p. 4 illus. online resource. ISBN: 9400756690 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Quality of Life. | Quality of Life %Research. | Psychic research. | Consciousness. | Social Sciences. | Quality of Life Research. | Psychology Research. | Personality and Social Psychology.
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Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Suma Jakaña -- Chapter 3. Fiesta and Dancing: Community and Religion -- Chapter 4. Social Protests -- Chapter 5. Well-being and Community -- Chapter 6. Conclusion.-.

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.           

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