SOCIAL CAPITAL AND WELLBEING
The Zaragoza Research Consolidated Group on Social Capital and Wellbeing is an interdisciplinary body of social scientists that forms part of the research network funded by the Government of Aragon and The University Zaragoza since 2005. The activities of the group are concerned with the theoretical and methodological systemisation of the concepts of wellbeing and development, in particular:
- The study of the processes of identity and community development from an intercultural and historical perspective: the analysis of common characteristics of territories and collectives; the identification of risk factors, resources and capacities; the promotion of risk prevention and social intervention projects.
- The psychosocial definition of health and wellbeing, involving its operative conceptualisation and its various determinants: personal; group; community, perception of health and body image; motivation and attribution systems; social attitudes, values and representations; the importance of sex and gender; social structure and participation processes; the health and economic system of a community.
- The psychosocial, cultural and historical study of lifestyles and risk behaviours. The modification of epidemiological guidelines relative to the prevalence of cardiovascular illnesses and obesity. The importance of physical activity and good nutritional habits as sociocultural factors that define healthy lifestyles and quality of life.
- A psychosocial approach to wellbeing at work. Research on the impact of the working environment on the psychological health of the workers, an examination of the role of other relevant psychosocial variables and an analysis of education as an agent for change and as an indispensable social requisite in the definition of social and human capital.
- Research on gender-based social norms and their influence on the configuration and development of gender identities. The study of social conditioning and the emergence of gender identities. Instruments that may help prevent the violence and tension that is produced by inequities generated by differences in gender norms. Inequality and gender differences are clear examples of health risk factors.
- The analysis of the discourses that result from the above mentioned activities and discussion on their relevance to contemporary societies.