Thinking about a good life

Kelley Johnson, Jan Walmsley and Marie Wolfe

in People with intellectual disabilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420695
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302940 | DOI:
Thinking about a good life

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This chapter tries to determine how a good life has been constituted at different times and in different places. It does not aim to provide a detailed account of the nature of ‘a good life’. Rather, the chapter tries to provide some glimpses into how a person may think about a good life and the way the definitions of it are framed by place and time. It also explores the different values that seem to support the idea of a good life during the twenty-first century in most of the ‘developed countries’. The increasing tension between the idealisation of community and the growing focus on individualism in these societies is also studied.

Keywords: thoughts; good life; supporting values; definitions; developed countries; idealisation of community; individualism

Chapter.  7568 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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