Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective (N/A) Cover Image
By Gordon Mathews (Editor), Carolina Izquierdo (Editor)
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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 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781845454487
ISBN-10: 1845454480
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2008
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: N/A