Pursuits of Happiness : Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective.

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...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Mathews, Gordon.
Other Authors: Izqueirdo, Carolina.
Format: Electronic
Published: New York : Berghahn Books, Inc., 2008.
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Table of 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.