Exploring narratives about the imagination of a flourishing future with an universal basic income

Igel, H. (2017) Exploring narratives about the imagination of a flourishing future with an universal basic income.

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Abstract:The universal basic income (UBI) is the idea of giving every citizen an unconditional, monthly income. The original idea of the receipt of the UBI is the right to cover basic needs and to live one’s life following own desires. This enhances the chance to become optimally functioning and to become flourishing, which is the highest form of well-being. The UBI has been approached experimentally and quantitatively so far. In experiments it was found that it works against problems of poverty and enables autonomous living. This study was the first to approach the topic qualitatively and from a personal future perspective. Two letters from the future were written from 14 participants (workers and students) respectively. The letters were coded following the MHC-SF and new codes were identified. It was found that emotional well-being largely remains the same, whereas there was a shift from social aspects to more individuality. This is in line with previous scientific research where it was indicated that money makes more autonomous and leads to more selfish behavior. This must be studied further before the UBI is implemented. Furthermore, other groups should be studied to get to know other individual's meaning makings of the future scenario.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72594
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