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| Published: July 30, 2017

Construction of Meaning of Life: A Qualitative Study on a Subaltern Individual

Anand Shankar

Research Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Nishtha Jain

Research Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.033/20170404

DOI: 10.25215/0404.033

ABSTRACT

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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Anand Shankar @ nishtha.jain.psyc@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.033/20170404

DOI: 10.25215/0404.033

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Published in   Volume 04, Issue 4, July-September, 2017

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