Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia

Sarah White, Viviana Ramirez

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Mixed method research in Chiawa rural Zambia explores the importance of the economic within subjective dimensions of wellbeing. Statistical analysis shows a close relationship between subjective economic confidence and overall happiness, and that objective economic status predicts some subjective dimensions of wellbeing. Qualitative analysis explores the role of economic capacity in forging (male) gender identities; the emphasis on reciprocity and a moral economy; and the use of economics as an expressive idiom in speaking of the self. This implies that economic and social rights should remain at the heart of development policy-making, but also the need to bring economics, the body, the mind and materiality more clearly into the social world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultures of Wellbeing
Subtitle of host publicationMethod, Place, Policy
EditorsS. C. White, C. Blackmore
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, U. K.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages118-143
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781137536440
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2015

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Economics
Well-being
Subjectivity
Zambia
Moral economy
Confidence
Development policy
Policy making
Statistical analysis
Gender identity
Materiality
Mixed methods research
Happiness
Qualitative analysis

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White, S., & Ramirez, V. (2015). Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia. In S. C. White, & C. Blackmore (Eds.), Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy (pp. 118-143). Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia. / White, Sarah; Ramirez, Viviana.

Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy. ed. / S. C. White; C. Blackmore. Basingstoke, U. K. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. p. 118-143.

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White, S & Ramirez, V 2015, Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia. in SC White & C Blackmore (eds), Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U. K., pp. 118-143.
White S, Ramirez V. Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia. In White SC, Blackmore C, editors, Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015. p. 118-143
White, Sarah ; Ramirez, Viviana. / Economics and subjectivities of wellbeing in rural Zambia. Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy. editor / S. C. White ; C. Blackmore. Basingstoke, U. K. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp. 118-143
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