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Territorial Rooting as an Element of Well-Being

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The paper discusses the relevance of the idea of rooting as proposed by Simone Weil and builds a social economic framework to study its role in our life. Rooting is connected to the need of belonging and to have an identity. These elements are identified in some different areas of research—social psychology and social economy—to analyze how this need of the person is taken into account. Then, a theoretical framework to study rooting is presented developing the concept of plural utility and capabilities. The end is to discuss one of the neglected dimensions of human needs in the context of modern society. Finally, some conclusion concerning both individual choices related to rooting and well-being will be proposed.
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Keywords: A13; I31; R29; attachment; identity; rooting; sense of belonging; territory; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of Padua, via del Santo 33, Padova, 35123, Italy

Publication date: October 2, 2014

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