Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Joy, Agony and Silence in Bhutan – A Seminar Based on the Book Development Challenges in Bhutan: Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness

October 12, 2018 - 12:00-14:00

Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt will give this talk on his new book Development Challenges in Bhutan: Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness. Päivi Ahonen, PhD candidate at the University of Oul, and Aili Pyhälä, lecturer at the University of Helsinki and chair of the Finnish Society for Development Research, will act as discussants.

About the book:
The book provides essential insights into Bhutan’s developmental challenges. It analyzes and scrutinizes the sovereign state’s developmental approach, including the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which has replaced Gross National Product (GNP) as a measurement of prosperity. The authors also explore and deconstruct ideational and cultural aspects of knowledge production and present a critical overall assessment of the political economy of education policy, health, ICT and migration in Bhutan. The book is divided into five parts all taking a critical approach towards inequality: Part one offers an assessment of Bhutan’s developmental trajectories; part two deals with GNH, equality and inclusion versus exclusion; part three is devoted to culture, legal issues and the politics of change; and part four to governance and integration; section five addresses health, food and disparities.

Joy, Agony and Silence in Bhutan – A Seminar Based on the Book Development Challenges in Bhutan: Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness

Details

Date:
October 12, 2018
Time:
12:00-14:00

Organizer

The Development Studies programs of the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Helsinki in cooperation with Kepa

Venue

Room 1014, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 37
Helsinki, Finland
+ Google Map