Culture and Well-Being
Anthropological Approaches to Freedom and Political Ethics
Edited by: Alberto Corsin Jimenez
- ISBN: 9780745326801
- Extent: 216pp
- Release Date: 20 Nov 2007
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Hardback
- Category: Development Studies
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 values.
About The Author
Alberto Corsin Jimenez is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.