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Open Access Relational wellbeing: re-centring the politics of happiness, policy and the self

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The ubiquity of references to happiness and wellbeing indicates widespread anxiety that all may not be well, reflecting the erosion of the social in late capitalist modernity. The paper finds that, rather than helping to solve this problem, individualist formulations of wellbeing in policy mimic or deepen the underlying pathology. Drawing on empirical research in Zambia and India, it advocates an alternative approach, relational wellbeing, which is grounded in a relational ontology that can challenge dominant ideologies of the self, places central the generative quality of relationality which is critical to societal change and engenders a socially inclusive political vision.

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Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: April 2017

This article was made available online on March 20, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Relational wellbeing: re-centring the politics of happiness, policy and the self".

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