Pursuits of Happiness Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective

ISBN-10: 1845457080
ISBN-13: 9781845457082
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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 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 examine well-being in a range of diverse ways and to investigate it in a range of settings: from the Peruvian Amazon, the Australian outback, and the Canadian north, to India, China, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States.

Gordon Mathews is professor of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Global Culture/ Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket and What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds, coauthor of Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation, and coeditor of several books.

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