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    What do we mean by 'wellbeing'? and why might it matter?

    Ereaut, G. and Whiting, Rebecca (2008) What do we mean by 'wellbeing'? and why might it matter? Other. Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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    There is significant ambiguity around the definition, usage and function of the word ‘wellbeing’, not only within DCSF but in the public policy realm, and in the wider world. This has implications for DCSF. Essentially, wellbeing is a cultural construct and represents a shifting set of meanings - wellbeing is no less than what a group or groups of people collectively agree makes ‘a good life’. The meaning and function of a term like ‘wellbeing’ not only changes through time, but is open to both overt and subtle dispute and contest. There is evidence that the discourse of ‘wellbeing’ - how, for what purposes, and with what effects the term is being used - is at present particularly unstable in the UK. Given the importance of the term to DCSF’s policy and communications, we recommend a low key but deliberate strategy to manage the DCSF position within this ambiguity and instability.


    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    Additional Information: Number: DCSF-RW07 ISBN: 9781847752710
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 17:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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