Departmental Bulletin Paper The sense of Connectedness and Well-being in Asian Urban Life : Tokyo, Shanghai, and Bangkok

渋谷, 百代

(10)  , pp.1 - 12 , 2015-11 , 埼玉大学経済学部
This paper explores the relationship of the perceived levels of well-being and life satisfaction with social human networks that individuals have. It starts by questioning existing knowledge on that relationship, which claims that being 'network-rich' and a high level of well-being are potentially correlated. It may be observed universally, though the knowledge was mainly build on a theoretical framework coming from the studies of Western societies, and yet it has not been fully sorted out for the cases of Asian urban setting. In particular, considering the socio-cultural differences in Western and Asian societies, or among urban and suburban/rural populations, how one establishes, maintains and uses his/her social networks may difference and affect their life satisfaction in a different manner. With the results of a comparative analysis, the paper then shows the perceptions of good life and the impact of social relationships in Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok, which will encourage further discussions about the concept of well-being.

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