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By Melania Calestani

This quantity is a special contribution to the exploration of a brand new point of view within the examine of wellbeing and fitness, which attempts to beat the quantification bias via growing an account of ‘the stable lifestyles’ in a selected position. instead of numbers, this study makes a speciality of neighborhood narratives, emphasising the pressing have to contain a much wider variety of methodological techniques whilst enticing with health and wellbeing.

The quantity demonstrates during the Bolivian case learn the price of qualitative study for wellbeing and fitness stories. It indicates the capability to combine foremost quantitative facts with qualitative results, comparable to these rising via ethnography. it's aimed toward lecturers, researchers and scholars in well-being/quality of existence reviews, in addition to audiences within the non-profit, governmental and coverage within the non-profit, governmental and coverage sectors. The e-book presents new views achieve higher signs of overall healthiness and quality-of-life.

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In the descriptions of the three case studies presented in this chapter, the household unifies aspects of mutual feeding, collectivity and authority (Guaygua et al. 2000), as can be seen in the roles played out by its members. The household is an everyday community, source of collaboration and harmony, but, as in all communities, also of conflict and ill-being. All the household members have to compromise and sacrifice for the common good. A successful household is a household that lives in harmony.

This is a fundamental sharing of alcohol with other people and supernatural forces. Sharing is central to the fiesta and the reproduction of collective well-being, creating a sense of communality of experiences. Alcohol has the power to mediate all kinds of relations, not only between people and the spirits, but also between kin and community. Alcohol consumption in Aymara communities ‘almost always occurs in a social context’ (Carter and Mamani 1989, p. 320). In the Andes, drinking is an art and it is fundamental, because it is linked with the memory of origins (Arnold 1998, p.

Also, they felt isolated from the rest of the community, and took the decision to leave. They could have gone back to Amachuma, where they always had excellent relations with the other members of the community. However, the prospect of 24 2 Suma Jakaña returning was not considered, because going back meant to fail, and the Choques did not wish to be associated with failure in their community of origin. They wanted to maintain their image as successful migrants. Another important factor in their decision not to go back was Don Juan’s health: his heart was weak and he needed to live at a lower altitude.

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