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Social Indicators Research Series

Quality of Life and the Millennium Challenge

Advances in Quality-of-Life Studies, Theory and Research

Editors: Møller, Valerie, Huschka, Denis (Eds.)

  • Takes a broad-angled view of the challenges for quality of life in the new millennium
  • Addresses both positive influences and negative threats to quality of life in the new millennium
  • Addresses issues that cut across the First and Third World divide
  • Sympathetic to the important roles played by citizens, community-based organisations, and government in safeguarding quality of life in the new millennium
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About this book

The new millennium is widely considered to be the age of globalisation, democratisation, and human rights. We live in a knowledge society and in a time of risk and uncertainty. World society is rapidly urbanising and ageing and exhausting its natural resources. It is the interplay of such key trends of the era that calls for a fresh approach to measuring quality of life. This collection of papers presents an innovative approach to evaluating living standards and wellbeing under the new circumstances facing individuals and societies in twenty-first century. Contributions cover a wide range of issues that impact positively and negatively on wellbeing in our age. While stability, trust, equal access to resources and the social integration of disadvantaged members of society enhance well-being, poverty, social exclusion, congestion in cities, HIV/AIDS and global warming pose threats to both modern and traditional lifestyles. Methodological refinements of conventional measurement tools are presented that take into consideration the rich diversity of lifestyles and values among different populations and regions of the world. This book will be essential reading for social scientists and ordinary citizens who are concerned about the future of human well-being on our planet.

About the authors

Valerie Møller Is Professor of Quality of Life Studies in the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She has researched a wide range of quality of life issues in South Africa for public information and policy purposes, including housing, poverty and unemployment, development and service delivery, criminal victimisation and intergenerational relations. Together with colleagues she developed the first survey instruments in the 1980s to measure perceptions of personal well-being among South Africans – the study is regularly updated. More recently she successfully lobbied for the inclusion of a quality of life module in Statistics South Africa’s annual household survey which produces the bulk of national social indicators.

Denis Huschka is Managing Director of the German Council for Social and Economic Data, situated in Berlin/Germany. He also conducts scientific studies as a Research Associate of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and he is Permanent Visiting Fellow of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). He has done empirical research on regional differences in Quality of Life in Germany and Europe, and on Anomia in post-apartheid South Africa. He was involved in establishing or carrying out several survey initiatives (Wohlfahrtssurvey, Germany; General Household Survey 2002, South Africa; Euromodule, Europe). His most recent research interest focuses on the sociological concept of individualisation as applied to given names as social indicators.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Challenges for Quality-of-Life Studies in the New Millennium

    Møller, Valerie (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • South Africa: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Kane-Berman, John

    Pages 13-18

  • Poverty and the Quality of Life: Lessons from South African Research

    Wilson, Francis

    Pages 19-25

  • The Importance of a Mixed Cash- and Harvest Herding Based Economy to Living in the Arctic – An Analysis on the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic (SLiCA)

    Poppel, Birger (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • The International Scale Interval Study: Improving the Comparability of Responses to Survey Questions About Happiness

    Veenhoven, Ruut

    Pages 45-58

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quality of Life and the Millennium Challenge
Book Subtitle
Advances in Quality-of-Life Studies, Theory and Research
Editors
  • Valerie Møller
  • Denis Huschka
Series Title
Social Indicators Research Series
Series Volume
35
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8569-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8569-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8568-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7913-8
Series ISSN
1387-6570
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 282
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