Introduction: Anthropology, Happiness, and Well-Being Gordon Mathews and Carolina Izquierdo PART I: THEORETICAL BACKGROUND Chapter 1. Why Anthropology Can Ill Afford to Ignore Well-Being Neil Thin Chapter 2. Is a Measure of Cultural Well-Being Possible or Desirable? Benjamin Nick Colby PART II: WELL-BEING IN SMALL-SCALE SOCIETIES Chapter 3. Well-Being Among the Matsigenka of the Peruvian Amazon: Health, Missions, Oil, and ProgressA" Carolina Izquierdo Chapter 4. Embodied Selves and Social Selves: Aboriginal Well-Being in Rural New South Wales, Australia Daniela Heil Chapter 5. The Shifting Landscape of Cree Well-Being Naomi Adelson PART III: WELL-BEING, CULTURE AND THE STATE Chapter 6. Well-Being: Lessons from India Steve Derne Chapter 7. Well-Being, Cultural Pathology, and Personal Rejuvenation in a Chinese City, 1981- 2005 William Jankowiak Chapter 8. Finding and Keeping a Purpose in Life: Well-Being and Ikigai in Japan and Elsewhere Gordon Mathews PART IV: NEW ANTHROPOLOGICAL DIRECTIONS Chapter 9. Pleasure Experienced: Well-Being and the Japanese Bath Scott Clark Chapter 10. Selfscapes of Well-Being in a Rural Indonesian Village Douglas Hollan Chapter 11. Well-Being and Sustainability of Daily Routines: Families with Children with Disabilities in the United States Thomas S. Weisner Conclusion: Towards an Anthropology of Well-Being Gordon Mathews and Carolina Izquierdo Tables Figures Bibliography Index
Gordon Mathews is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds (1996) and Global Culture /Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket (2000), and co-written Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (2007); he has co-edited Consuming Hong Kong (2001) and Japan's Changing Generations (2004). Carolina Izquierdo is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has centered on health and well-being among the Matsigenka in the Peruvian Amazon, the Mapuche in Chile, and middle-class families in the United States.
"The chapters ...are very clearly written...and provide a wealth of materials illuminating diverse understandings of bodily, interpersonal, and existential dimensions of well-being, and how these are fostered and threatened in particular social-cultural settings and in relation to national institutions and global forces." - Journal of Anthropological Research