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Pursuits of Happiness : Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective.

Author: Gordon Mathews; Carolina Izqueirdo
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, Inc., 2008.
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Anthropology has long shied away from examining how human beings may lead happy and fulfilling lives. This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-beingdefined as "the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society"and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important area for anthropological inquiry. Distinctly different in different places, but also  Read more...
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Mathews, Gordon.
Pursuits of Happiness : Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective.
New York : Berghahn Books, Inc., ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Mathews; Carolina Izqueirdo
ISBN: 9781845458775 184545877X
OCLC Number: 645100618
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: Title page-Pursuits of Happiness; Contents; List of Tables and Figures; Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; Introduction; Part I-Theoretical Background; Ch 1-Why anthropology can ill afford to ignore well-being; Ch 2-Is a measure of cultural well-being possible or desirable?; Part II-Well-Being in Small-Scale Societies; Ch 3-Well-Being among the matsigenka of the Peruvian Amazon; Ch 4-Embodied selves and social selves; Ch 5-The shifting landscape of cree well-being; Part III-Well-Being, culture, and the State; Ch 6-Well-Being. Ch 7-Well-Being, cultural pathology and personal rejuvenation in a Chinese city, 1981-2005Ch 8-Finding and keeping a purpose in life; Part IV-New Anthropological directions; Ch 10-Selfscapes of well-being in a tutal indonesiam village; Ch 11-Well-Being and sustainability of daily rouines; Conclusion; Index.

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Anthropology has long shied away from examining how human beings may lead happy and fulfilling lives. This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-beingdefined as "the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society"and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important area for anthropological inquiry. Distinctly different in different places, but also reflecting our common humanity, well-being is intimately linked to the idea of happiness and its pursuits. Noted anthropological researchers have come together in this volume to.

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