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The good life : aspiration, dignity, and the anthropology of wellbeing

Author: Edward F Fischer
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What could middle-class German supermarket shoppers buying eggs and impoverished coffee farmers in Guatemala possibly have in common? Both groups use the market in pursuit of the ""good life."" But what exactly is the good life? How do we define wellbeing beyond material standards of living? While we all may want to live the good life, we differ widely on just what that entails. In The Good Life, Edward Fischer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Cross-cultural studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fischer, Edward F., 1966-
Good life
(DLC) 2014003996
(OCoLC)870248699
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward F Fischer
ISBN: 9780804792615 0804792615
OCLC Number: 893439667
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : the good life : values, markets, and wellbeing --
Values and prices : the case of German eggs --
Word, deed, and preferences --
Moral provenance and larger purposes --
Solidarity, dignity, and opportunity --
Provenance and values : the case of Guatemalan coffee --
Agency, opportunity, and frustrated freedoms --
Experiments in fairness and dignity --
Narco-trafficking and violence --
Conclusion : the good life and positive anthropology.
Responsibility: Edward F. Fischer.

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What could middle-class German supermarket shoppers buying eggs and impoverished coffee farmers in Guatemala possibly have in common? Both groups use the market in pursuit of the ""good life."" But what exactly is the good life? How do we define wellbeing beyond material standards of living? While we all may want to live the good life, we differ widely on just what that entails. In The Good Life, Edward Fischer examines wellbeing in very different cultural contexts to uncover shared notions of the good life and how best to achieve it. With fascinating on-the-ground narratives of Germans' choice.

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