Happy holidays from us to you—get up to $30 off your next print or eBook! Shop now >>

Social Indicators Research Series

Barometers of Quality of Life Around the Globe

How Are We Doing?

Editors: Møller, Valerie, Huschka, Denis, Michalos, Alex C. (Eds.)

  • Gives an overview of the literature on social barometers currently in use
  • Provides a global overview of the most important social indicators studies
  • The case studies cite substantive examples of social trends
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8686-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8685-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-90-481-7952-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Quality of life (QOL) research has made great strides since the social indicator movement started as a scientific enterprise in the 1960s. Following the lead of pioneers in North America and Europe, social scientists in other regions of the world have adopted and refined social data systems or barometers to monitor progress in enhancing the welfare and well-being of citizens. A distinctive feature of these barometers is that they measure both individual and societal quality of life. While not overlooking the more basic needs and material standards of living, the barometers also inform on issues of individual freedoms and choices and constraints on citizen empowerment that enhance and depress quality of life. Designed to capture nuances in local definitions of the good life, regional barometers are unique expressions of the obstacles facing different societies in their quest to achieve the good life. Scholars of public policy as well as policy makers will find inspiration from reviews of innovative initiatives to monitor contemporary quality of life in six regions of the world spanning South America, the Arctic, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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 conducted 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.

Alex Michalos

Reviews

From the reviews: “This book provides didactic efforts at measuring quality of life (QOL) through survey instruments. … The book reads as a reference for QOL research, potentially useful for scholars getting their feet wet in survey data, and correlates of welfare and well-being around the world. … Taken individually, each of the chapters may provide necessary information for readers looking for specifics on a nation or region.” (Nate Breznau, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Vol. 22 (1), Spring, 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • European Survey Data: Rich Sources for Quality of Life Research

    Noll, Heinz-Herbert

    Pages 1-21

  • Two Decades of Social Weather Reporting in the Philippines

    Mangahas, Mahar (et al.)

    Pages 23-36

  • Monitoring Democratic Politics, a Market Economy, and Citizen Well-Being: The South Korea Barometer

    Shin, Doh Chull

    Pages 37-70

  • Measuring Quality of Life in Latin America: Some Insights from Happiness Economics and the Latinobarometro

    Graham, Carol

    Pages 71-106

  • Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic (SLiCA)

    Kruse, Jack (et al.)

    Pages 107-134

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8686-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8685-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-90-481-7952-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Barometers of Quality of Life Around the Globe
Book Subtitle
How Are We Doing?
Editors
  • Valerie Møller
  • Denis Huschka
  • Alex C. Michalos
Series Title
Social Indicators Research Series
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8686-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8686-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8685-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7952-7
Series ISSN
1387-6570
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 238
Topics