SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research

Human Suffering and Quality of Life

Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics

Authors: Anderson, Ronald E.

  • The first book that integrates quality of life research and suffering
  • Addresses suffering as both an individual burden and a global one
  • Views suffering as a broad, serious phenomena that can be alleviated
  • Integrates humanitarian and empirical traditions​
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About this book

This briefs on human suffering adds to human understanding of suffering by contextualizing both stories and statistics on suffering, while showing that suffering adds a useful perspective to contemporary thought and research on quality of life, social well-being, and measures of societal progress. The scholarship on suffering is made more comprehensible in the book by using nine different conceptual frames that have been used for making sense of suffering. The primary focus of this work is with the last frame, the quality of life frame. Overall, this chapters show how the research on quality of life and well-being can be enhanced by embracing human suffering. ​

About the authors

Ronald (Ron) Anderson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD in sociology from Stanford University in 1970. From 1968 until retiring in 2005, he served on the faculty of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Throughout that time, he consulted for many government agencies and corporations on survey research and technology-related issues. From 1990 to 2005, he coordinated several international studies of the social and learning effects of information technology within primary and secondary education in 20 or more countries in each study. From that and earlier work, he wrote or edited seven books and over 100 articles. Since retirement, his research interests have focused primarily on compassion and suffering. Further details on his work can be found in the following websites:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Anderson

www.soc.umn.edu/~rea/

StopSuffering.net.


Reviews

From the book reviews:

“Anderson’s work provides a wake-up call to those in quality of life research domains as well as a broader audience too – essentially anyone concerned with the plight of the human lot. … This book began with an ambitious goal of providing ways of thinking through the difficult and multi-dimensional issue of suffering experienced by humankind … .” (Rhonda Phillips, Applied Research Quality Life, Vol. 9, 2014)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Conceptualizing Human Pain and Suffering

    Anderson, Ronald E.

    Pages 1-16

  • Narrative Accounts of the Agony of Suffering

    Anderson, Ronald E.

    Pages 17-28

  • Statistical Portrait of Suffering in America

    Anderson, Ronald E.

    Pages 29-47

  • Suffering on a Global Scale

    Anderson, Ronald E.

    Pages 49-68

  • World Suffering Expands as Gaps in Care Widen

    Anderson, Ronald E.

    Pages 69-86

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7669-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7668-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Suffering and Quality of Life
Book Subtitle
Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7669-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7669-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-7668-5
Series ISSN
2211-7644
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 105
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
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