Place, Geographical Context and Subjective Well-being: State of Art and Future Directions

Fenglong Wang*, Donggen Wang

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    Well-being has recently been a focus for both social policies and academic studies. Along different dimensions (e.g., objective vs. subjective; hedonic vs. eudaimonic) of well-being, the hedonic view of well-being has drawn much scholarly attention, especially in economics and psychology. While well-being studies in the area of geography are still in their infancy, many scholars have noticed the spatial differences in subjective well-being (SWB) and the importance of the place-based context on well-being. To promote studies on the multifarious links between the geographical context and SWB, this chapter systematically introduces the concepts, measures, and theories of SWB and then provides an overview of the studies concerning geographical context and well-being. We conclude the chapter with a description of the issues related to the linkages between SWB and geographies that need future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMobility, Sociability and Well-Being of Urban Living
    EditorsDonggen Wang, Shenjing He
    PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages42
    ISBN (Electronic)9783662481844
    ISBN (Print)9783662481837, 9783662569146
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Geography
    • Literature review
    • Subjective well-being


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