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Narrating well-being in the context of precarious prosperity: An account of agency framed by culturally embedded happiness and gender beliefs
Résumé This article sets out to critically examine the accounts of well-being produced by a middle-aged Swiss woman living in precarious prosperity. By taking on a feminist reading of the narrative on well-being, the article challenges the taken for granted assumption of the powerful agent in thriving societies. Insights from literature on happiness in nations and gender beliefs enabled addressing the woman’s capability to exert agency, while acknowledging the influence of the context in which narratives are embedded. In addition, the presence of a non-national interviewer appears to be an incentive for the interviewee’s compliance with cultural meta-narratives. The approach of well-being as ‘agential flourishing’ proved helpful in assessing the woman’s capability on a gendered career path in atypical employment to deal with precariousness.
   
Mots-clés Agency, culturally embedded happiness, gender, precarious prosperity, well-being
   
Citation Sieber, R. (2015). Narrating well-being in the context of precarious prosperity: An account of agency framed by culturally embedded happiness and gender beliefs. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 23(2), 185-199.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 1-1-2015
Nom du périodique European Journal of Women’s Studies
Volume 23(2)
Pages 185-199
Liée au projet A comparative perspective on precarious prosperity and ho...