From object to praxis

a narrative of shifts in child well-being research

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This paper presents a broad outline of intellectual developments in child well-being research. Four intellectual currents are identified, the ‘objective’, ‘subjective’, ‘standpoint’ and ‘praxeological’ approaches. The narrative developed emphasises the role that critical contests over epistemological, ontological and methodological issues serve for developments in research. Drawing upon the various approaches identified, the paper concludes by discussing well-being in terms of social integration and system integration, advancing a concept of well-being that is nether relativist nor culturally monopolizing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalDiskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • child well-being research
  • objective well-being
  • subjective well-being
  • standpoint theory
  • praxeology
  • methodology

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