Wellbeing And Development In Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

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Development is something we all aspire to, but also readily criticize for failing to live up to our hopes of sustained improvement in human wellbeing. This book presents findings of systematic research into the contested meanings of development and wellbeing from a country, Peru, which has recently experienced both rapid economic growth and deep social conflict. A mix of ethnographic and questionnaire data from seven poor urban and rural communities straddling the Andes is used to describe and analyze local and global interpretations of their inhabitants’ pursuit of wellbeing.

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Development is something we all aspire to, but also readily criticize for failing to live up to our hopes of sustained improvement in human wellbeing. This book presents findings of systematic research into the contested meanings of development and wellbeing from a country, Peru, which has recently experienced both rapid economic growt...

James Copestake heads the Department of Economics and International Development at the University of Bath in England. From 2002-2007 he coordinated multidisciplinary research in Peru as part of an international program of research into Wellbeing in Developing Countries. He has published widely on international development policy and p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.55 × 6.36 × 0.82 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction--James Copestake * Resources, Conflict, and Social Identity in Context--Jose Luis Alvarez, Maribel Arrollo, Lida Carhuallanqui, James Copestake, Martín Jaurapoma, Tom Lavers, Miguel Obispo, Edwin Paúcar & Percy Reyna * Measuring and Modeling Subjective Wellbeing--Jorge Yamamoto * Economic Welfare, Poverty, and Subjective Wellbeing--James Copestake, Jackie Velazco, Monica Guillen Royo, Tim Hinks & Andy McKay * Wellbeing and Migration--Becky Lockley, Teofilo Altamirano & James Copestake * Wellbeing and Community Institutions--Jose Luis Alvarez * Peru: A Wellbeing or Insecurity Regime?--Geof Wood & James Copestake * Conclusions--James Copestake & Jorge Yamamoto

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“This is a very welcome addition to the development literature on Peru both because of the richness of its data and its innovative and methodologically rigorous use of the idea of wellbeing to extract generally applicable insights. An ethnographic approach  and a long period in the field in seven poor Peruvian communities, chosen to represent a rural-urban continuum, result in compelling data on how people perceive their situation, on their goals and their experiences of migration and community institutions. The contributors successfully illuminate the differences in the patterns of wellbeing, showing why these differences do not necessarily correspond to objective differences in poverty, education, or employment. The volume concludes with the general implications of their findings for Peru, for international development policy and practice and, finally, for advancing well-being research and theory.”--Bryan R. Roberts, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin; Director of Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies