Reflections on well-being: from GDP to local communities and their landscapes

Bas Verschuuren, Suneetha M. Subramanian, Wim Hiemstra

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Abstract

This chapter gives a brief introduction to the expanding practices of assessing well-being. A seed-blessing ceremony of indigenous Quechua communities in southern Peru is described as an example of communities searching for well-being and as an example of a different paradigm or worldview. Subsequently, different measures of developmental progress are presented as well as the quest for a broader understanding of well-being in the context of current crises. Surveybased and participatory approaches for assessing well-being are discussed and the conclusion of the chapter argues for assessment of community well-being at landscape level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Well-being in Biocultural Landscapes
Subtitle of host publicationAre we living well?
EditorsBas Verschuuren, Suneetha M. Subramanian, Wim Hiemstra
PublisherPractical Action Publishing
Chapter1
Pages1-20
ISBN (Electronic)9781780448374
ISBN (Print)9781853398384
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2014

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