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Volume 6, Issue 1, February 2017, Page: 28-34
Revisiting Subjective Wellbeing to Stimulate Empirical Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
Samwel J. Kabote, Department of Development Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania
Received: Feb. 9, 2017;       Accepted: Feb. 22, 2017;       Published: Mar. 7, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ss.20170601.15      View  2275      Downloads  114
Abstract
This review article focuses on conceptualization, measurement and determinants of Subjective Wellbeing to shade light among researchers in the field of development studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy and economics in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), herein also referred to as a sub-continent. The aim is to revitalize empirical research on Subjective Wellbeing in the sub-continent where there is dearth information about this concept. Such scanty information is attributed to, among others, low interest among researchers to conduct researches on Subjective Wellbeing. The article argues that, although Subjective Wellbeing is difficult to define, researchers in SSA should strive to come up with a common definition that enables cross-country as well as cultural context analysis. In addition, the concept is determined by many variables, such that researches should be conducted in the sub-continent, between and within countries, to find out which ones are the most explanatory variables of Subjective Wellbeing. This is important as it can inform development policy to improve Subjective Wellbeing and development more generally in SSA.
Keywords
Subjective Wellbeing, Empirical Research, Sub-Saharan Africa
To cite this article
Samwel J. Kabote, Revisiting Subjective Wellbeing to Stimulate Empirical Research in Sub-Saharan Africa, Social Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017, pp. 28-34. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20170601.15
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