Responsible Wellbeing and its Implications for Development Policy

C Blackmore

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Abstract

Robert Chambers' concept of 'responsible wellbeing' remains under-explored. This paper examines the relationships between 'wellbeing' and 'responsibility' and explores the implications of the concept for development policy. It argues that the concept can complement the development agenda by highlighting political and power relationships between the rich and the poor. By turning the development spotlight towards the powerful and wealthy, responsible wellbeing brings personal agency to centre stage and offers a holistic approach for dealing with issues of environmental and social justice. Despite inevitable challenges in encouraging people to confront their wealth and power, the paper recommends a two-fold policy approach: 1) a focus on education and critical pedagogy, and 2) appropriate measures to support people to make more responsible choices.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, UK
PublisherUniversity of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2009

Publication series

NameWellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers
No.WeD Working Paper 09/47

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    Blackmore, C. (2009). Responsible Wellbeing and its Implications for Development Policy. (Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers; No. WeD Working Paper 09/47). University of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group.