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Sociology of Well-being
Lessons from India

  • Steve Derne - Professor of Sociology, State University of New York (SUNY), Geneseo


October 2016 | 348 pages | SAGE India

Identifies the nature of well-­being through analysis of in-­depth interviews with Indians on what good life means to them

This book explains well-being through insights gathered from qualitative interviews with Indians from different walks of life. It shows that well-being is mixed and transient, shifting in interactions. It reveals the universals that lead to well-being, bringing out interlinkages between health, wealth, and pleasure. Explaining variations by gender, class, age, and individual choice, the book highlights the distinctive insights in Indian religious traditions about life satisfaction.

 
Preface: How I Came to Study Well-being in India
 
Introductiion
 
Universals
 
Health and Wealth
 
Connections to Others (and the Specialness of the Self)
 
Meanings and Approaches
 
Pleasure
 
Variations
 
Age, Gender, Class, and Individual Lives and Choices
 
Indian Ways of Living the Good Life
 
Lessons
 
What Have We Learned about Well-being?
 
Toward a Better Sociology
 
Living the Good Life
 
Acknowledgments
 
Glossary
 
Index

… this important book … is a model for how well-being should be studied, not just in India, but in societies across the globe.

Gordon Mathews
Professor of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Eloquently written … it [is] an essential reading for scholars of sociology, psychology, and cultural studies [and] those engaged with the pursuit of happiness and well-being. 

Nita Mathur
Professor of Sociology, Indira Gandhi National Open University

Eloquently written … it [is] an essential reading for scholars of sociology, psychology, and cultural studies [and] those engaged with the pursuit of happiness and well-being.

Nita Mathur,
Professor of Sociology, Indira Gandhi National Open University

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Steve Derne

Steve Derné is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright program (1986–1987, 2012), the Rockefeller Foundation (2002), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1997, 2005), and the American Institute of Indian Studies (1991). In five research stints over 30 years, he has conducted 31 months of fieldwork in India. His previous books explore family life and emotion in India (Culture in Action, 1995), filmgoing in India (Movies, Masculinity, and Modernity, 2000), and cultural, economic, and family changes since India’s economic liberalization (Globalization on the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789385985720
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