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An Anthropology of Welfare: Journeying towards the Good Life

Susanne Langer and Susanne Højlund


This issue of Anthropology in Action is dedicated to the study of welfare – understood as a social, culturally specific and long-term process of transformation – from an anthropological perspective. But is a study of ‘welfare’ still relevant and is it an appropriate concept to study what counts as a ‘good life’ well-lived? Has comprehensive publicly funded welfare still a role to play, or have collective welfare arrangements and institutions not been replaced by individuals’ personal quests for well-being?


Langer, Susanne - University of Liverpool

Højlund, Susanne - Aarhus University