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Pursuits of happiness : well-being in anthropological perspective

Author: Gordon Mathews; Carolina Izquierdo
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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-being-defined 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Mathews; Carolina Izquierdo
ISBN: 9781845458775 184545877X
OCLC Number: 647933054
Description: 1 online resource (x, 278 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Why anthropology can ill afford to ignore well-being / Neil Thin --
Is a measure of cultural well-being possible or desirable? / Benjamin Nick Colby --
Well-being among the Matsigenka of the Peruvian Amazon : health, missions, oil, and "progress" / Carolina Izquierdo --
Embodied selves and social selves : aboriginal well-being in rural New South Wales, Australia / Daniela Heil --
The shifting landscape of Cree well-being / Naomi Adelson --
Well-being : lessons from India / Steve Derné --
Well-being, cultural pathology, and personal rejuvenation in a Chinese city, 1981-2005 / William Jankowiak --
Finding and keeping a purpose in life : well-being and Ikigai in Japan and elsewhere / Gordon Mathews --
Pleasure experienced : well-being and the Japanese bath / Scott Clark --
Selfscapes of well-being in a rural Indonesian village / Douglas Hollan --
Well-being and sustainability of daily routines : families with children with disabilities in the United States / Thomas S. Weisner.
Responsibility: edited by Gordon Mathews and Carolina Izquierdo.

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