Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230268784
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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 practice, with particular reference to microfinance and agrarian change.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction and Overview James Copestake Copestake, James 1

2 Resources, Conflict, and Social Identity in Context Jose Luis Alvarez Alvarez, Jose Luis Maribel Arroyo Arroyo, Maribel Lida Carhuallanqui Carhuallanqui, Lida James Copestake Copestake, James Martin Jaurapoma Jaurapoma, Martin Tom Lavers Lavers, Tom Miguel Obispo Obispo, Miguel Edwin Paucar Paucar, Edwin Percy Reina Reina, Percy Jorge Yamamoto Yamamoto, Jorge 31

3 Subjective Wellbeing: An Alternative Approach Jorge Yamamoto Yamamoto, Jorge Ana Rosa Peijoo Peijoo, Ana Rosa Alejandro Lazarte Lazarte, Alejandro 61

4 Economic Welfare, Poverty, and Subjective Wellbeing James Copestake Copestake, James Monica Guillen-Royo Guillen-Royo, Monica Wan-Jung Chou Chou, Wan-Jung Tim Hinks Hinks, Tim Jackeline Velazco Velazco, Jackeline 103

5 Wellbeing and Migration Rebecca Lockley Lockley, Rebecca Teofilo Altamirano Altamirano, Teofilo James Copestake Copestake, James 121

6 Wellbeing and Institutions Jose Luis Alvarez Alvarez, Jose Luis James Copestake Copestake, James 153

7 Reproducing Unequal Security: Peru as a Wellbeing Regime James Copestake Copestake, James Geof Wood Wood, Geof 185

8 Conclusions and Implications for Development Policy and Practice James Copestake Copestake, James 211

9 Implications for Wellbeing Research and Theory Jorge Yamamoto Yamamoto, Jorge 231

References 243

Index 265

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