“Like the Zompopito”: Social Relationships in Happiness Among Rural and Indigenous Women in Nicaragua

  • Jéssica Martínez CruzEmail author
  • Haydeé Castillo Flores
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


What is happiness for women facing poverty? This article describes the ways in which rural and indigenous women, make senses of their experiences of happiness through their life histories. These narrations give an account of how important are harmonious, participatory and egalitarian social relationships throughout the different spheres of women’s realities to approach their sense of happiness. Building on scholar contributions from action-research, feminist ethnography, reflexive practice and decolonial propositions, we argued that women’s definitions, immersed in their daily and communitarian life, reveal a collective dimension of human well-being usually postponed in mainstream development perspectives.


Women’s happiness Social relationships Life stories Collective dimension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jéssica Martínez Cruz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Haydeé Castillo Flores
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Centroamericana UCAManaguaNicaragua

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