Well-Being: Individual, Community and Social Perspectives / Edition 1

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Well-being presents a new dynamic view of well-being, one that will be crucial for the way in which we will cope with the 21st century. In emphasising the interplay between social, community and individual well-being, invited experts from a wide range of academic disciplines explore topics that are critical in our understanding of well-being. The book emphasises that well-being is complex and multifaceted; and is both a state and a process. Well-being also takes different forms, which may conflict across groups in society, requiring an overarching settlement. Well-being is intimately intertwined with the physical, cultural and technological environment and requires a global perspective. Interventions to enhance well-being need to recognise diversity and socio-economic inequalities in society, and to be concerned with the unintended as well as the intended consequences of action. The book will be important for researchers, educators, policy makers, politicians, and others interested in the crucial issue of well-being.
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Editorial Reviews

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"An important contribution to positive psychology. John Haworth and Graham Hart have brought together a panel of international experts to authoritatively outline the state of the science of well-being and the implications of this for research, policy, and practice." - Alan Carr, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

"This is a book that should be widely read. Whilst undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of disciplines and professional areas including leisure, psychology, health, and medicine will find it a scholarly and well researched contribution to their studies, this book deserves a wider audience." - Andy Smith, Managing Leisure

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230001688
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN HAWORTH is Research Fellow in the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published extensively on work, leisure, and well-being. Formerly at Manchester University, he co-founded the Leisure Studies Association, and the international journal Leisure Studies.

GRAHAM HART is Director of the Center for Sexual Health & HIV Research, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK. His main research interests are in risk behaviors for and interventions to prevent unwanted sexual health outcomes, including HIV infection. He has published widely in these areas.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     viii
Notes on Contributors     ix
Introduction   John Haworth   Graham Hart     1
Part 1
Positive Psychology and the Development of Well-Being   Jane Henry     25
Individual Development and Community Empowerment: Suggestions from Studies on Optimal Experience   Antonella Delle Fave     41
Webs of Well-Being: the Interdependence of Personal, Relational, Organizational and Communal Well-Being   Isaac Prilleltensky   Ora Prilleltensky     57
Health, Well-Being and Social Capital   Judith Sixsmith   Margaret Boneham     75
Psychology in the Community   Carolyn Kagan   Amanda Kilroy     93
Art, Health and Well-Being   David Haley   Peter Senior     110
Sense and Solidarities: Politics and Human Well-Being$dPerri 6     127
Part 2
Is Well-Being Local or Global? A Perspective from Ecopsychology   John Pickering     149
Societal Inequality, Health and Well-Being   Dimitris Ballas   Danny Dorling   Mary Shaw     163
A Life Course Approach to Well-Being   Stephani Hatch   Felicia A. Huppert   Rosemary Abbott   Tim Croudace   George Ploubidis   Michael Wadsworth   Marcus Richards   Diana Kuh     187
Organizational Commitment: a Managerial Illusion?   Michael White     206
Well-Being, Paid Work and Personal Life   Suzan Lewis   Christina Purcell     225
Work, Leisure and Well-Being in Changing Social Conditions   John Haworth     241
Friendship, Trust and Mutuality   Ray Pahl     256
Index     271
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