An Anthropological Journey into Well-Being

Insights from Bolivia

  • Melania Calestani

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This volume is a unique contribution to the exploration of a new perspective in the study of well-being, which tries to overcome the quantification bias by creating an account of ‘the good life’ in a specific place. Rather than numbers, this research focuses on local narratives, emphasising the urgent need to include a wider range of methodological approaches when engaging with well-being.  

The volume demonstrates through the Bolivian case study the value of qualitative research for well-being studies. It shows the potential to integrate predominant quantitative data with qualitative outcomes, such as those emerging through ethnography. It is aimed at academics, researchers and students in well-being/quality of life studies, as well as audiences in the non-profit, governmental and policy in the non-profit sectors. The book provides new perspectives in achieving better indicators of well-being and quality-of-life.           


An anthropological approach to well-being Aymara intellectuals Constitutión Política del Estado Ethnographic Research in the urban area of El Alto, Bolivia Everyday Life in Bolivia Fiesta or religious festivity in El Alto, Bolivia Household Harmony in Bolivia Household dynamics in El Alto, Bolivia Important political changes in Bolivia National Well-Being Bolivia Social Mobilisation in El Alto, Bolivia Suma Jakaňa Suma Qamaňa Universal Definitions of Well-Being Value of Living Well Together Well-Being and Community in Bolivia Well-Being and Methodological Approaches Well-Being and Relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Melania Calestani
    • 1
  1. 1.Primary Care and Population SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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