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An Anthropological Journey into Well-Being: Insights from by Melania Calestani

By Melania Calestani

This quantity is a special contribution to the exploration of a brand new viewpoint within the research of health and wellbeing, which attempts to beat the quantification bias via growing an account of ‘the strong lifestyles’ in a particular position. instead of numbers, this examine specializes in neighborhood narratives, emphasising the pressing have to comprise a much broader diversity of methodological techniques while enticing with wellbeing and fitness.

The quantity demonstrates during the Bolivian case research the price of qualitative examine for wellbeing and fitness stories. It indicates the aptitude to combine main quantitative info with qualitative results, equivalent to these rising via ethnography. it truly is geared toward lecturers, researchers and scholars in well-being/quality of existence reviews, in addition to audiences within the non-profit, governmental and coverage within the non-profit, governmental and coverage sectors. The ebook offers new views in attaining greater signs of health and wellbeing and quality-of-life.

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Interestingly, in Amachuma men who danced ch’utas were not always dressed in the same way. Local men wore the typical costumes, identifying themselves as proper ch’utas. However, men who came from El Alto (usually kin who had migrated to the city) as well as men who were not working as farmers dressed as pepinos (the pepino is a Carnival character and indicates a higher social status in comparison to the ch’utas). They performed the same dance, but they differentiated themselves through their costume.

He was worried about the possible reaction of the Saint towards the entire community, because of their failure to celebrate his day, adding that St. James can be very kind, but also mean when residents do not make enough offerings to his devotion. Dancing Morenada, for example, evokes his calmness and protection, since it is the Saint’s favourite dance. Because he had money, it was morally unacceptable for Don Ignacio to let the 25th of July pass without a proper Mass for the Saint. He had at least to try to help his community to get out of this chaotic situation and do something that showed him to be a ‘capable and valuable’ person as well as a respectful resident, who was willing to sacrifice some of his wealth for the well-being of his vecinos.

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