| Published: July 30, 2017
Construction of Meaning of Life: A Qualitative Study on a Subaltern Individual
Meaning of life forms the core of human existence and is the primary motive behind human action. Considering the role of culture and context in conferring meaning of life, the literature in subaltern studies in this area is severely lacking. The present study seeks to understand construction of meaning of life of a person belonging to a subaltern background from a qualitative perspective. The data was collected using unstructured interview from one individual with low job permanency and low financial stability. Using thematic network analysis, four global themes emerged: construction of rigid boundaries/ insurmountable walls in life; enhancing quality of life through positivity, balance, and work; living in the present; and a cauldron of strong repressed emotions. Meaning of life impacts an individual’s psychological well-being, health, quality of life, life satisfaction and meaninglessness may lead to psychological problems and depression. The study doesn’t comprehensively view the relation between meaning of life and class. It is important to carry out studies delineating the role of culture and class in construction and development of meaning of life.
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© 2017 Shankar A & Jain N
Received: June 27, 2017; Revision Received: July 13, 2017; Accepted: July 30, 2017
Published in Volume 04, Issue 4, July-September, 2017