Essays on the Quality of Life

Essays on the Quality of Life

Since initiating the journal Social Indicators Research in 1974, Alex C. Michalos has been a pioneer in social indicators and quality-of-life research. This collection of nineteen articles provides an overview of nearly 30 years of work, including papers drawn from diverse sources and papers never published before. Topics range over quality of life investigations connected to the problems of combining social, economic and environmental indicators, measuring the status of women in Canada, housing and migration, health and human well-being, older peoples' well-being, leisure activities and health, impact of public services, police services, criminal victimization, feminism and ethnic relations on the quality of life. The final paper, on multiple discrepancies theory (MDT), is the author's unique contribution to an empirically testable new foundation for theories of utility, satisfaction and happiness.

In Pursuit of the Quality of Life

In Pursuit of the Quality of Life

Is wealth the same as happiness? How is the quality of life to be evaluated, measured, and most importantly, chieved? The authors provide provocative and engaging answers to these questions in this new, multidisciplinary and pragmatic approach to an important area of social research.Taking the individual as the point of departure, the authors consider both objective circumstances and their subjective impact on peoples lives. Prominent authors from an array of different academic disciplines discuss the quality of life as viewed from their distinctive perspectives: theseinclude the psychology of subjective well-being, destitution and basic needs, the environment, women and the family, illness and health, employment and work, and the role of the state. contents list Chapter 1: Introduction Avner Offer Chapter 2: Subjective well-being Michael Argyle Chapter 3: Basic needs, Capabilites and Human Development Frances Stewart Chapter 4: Economics of the Environment Christopher Bliss Chapter 5: Combining Employment and Childrearing: the Story of British Womens Lives Heather Joshi Chapter 6: Responsibilites and the Quality of Relationships in Families Janet Finch Chapter 7: Alternative Approaches to the Assessment of Health-related Quality of LIfe Ray Fitzpatrick Chapter 8: The Quality of Employment: Perspectives and Problems Duncan Gallie Chapter 9: Time Use, Quality of Life and Process Benefits Gershuny and Halpin Chapter 10:The Mask of Intimacy: Advertising and the Quality of Life Avner Offer Chapter 11:Quality of LIfe and Quality of Persons Robert E Lane

The Economic Value Of The Quality Of Life

The Economic Value Of The Quality Of Life

This book grew out of research funded by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. This study will argue that the distinction between "economic values" and "social values" such as the "quality of life" is a misleading and dangerous distinction. There is nothing especially ethereal or spiritual or "noneconomic" about the quality of life (QOL). Similarly there is nothing especially "material", practical" or "economic" about job opportunities or money prices

The Quality of Life

The Quality of Life

Commentator: Ruth Anna Putnam

Dance and the Quality of Life

Dance and the Quality of Life

This is the first volume devoted to the topic of dance and quality of life. Thirty-one chapters illuminate dance in relation to singular and overlapping themes of nature, philosophy, spirituality, religion, life span, learning, love, family, teaching, creativity, ability, socio-cultural identity, politics and change, sex and gender, wellbeing, and more. With contributions from a multi-generational group of artists, community workers, educators, philosophers, researchers, students and health professionals, this volume presents a thoughtful, expansive-yet-focused, and nuanced discussion of dance’s contribution to human life. The volume will interest dance specialists, quality of life researchers, and anyone interested in exploring dance’s contribution to quality of living and being.

Television and the Quality of Life

How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience

Television and the Quality of Life

Employing a unique research methodology that enables people to report on their normal activities as they occur, the authors examine how people actually use and experience television -- and how television viewing both contributes to and detracts from the quality of everyday life. Studied within the natural context of everyday living, and drawing comparisons between television viewing and a variety of other daily activities and leisure pursuits, this unusual book explores whether television is a boon or a detriment to family life; how people feel and think before, during, and after television viewing; what causes television habits to develop; and what causes heavy viewing -- and what heavy viewing causes -- in the short and long term. Television and the Quality of Life also compares the viewing experience cross-nationally using samples from the United States, Italy, Canada, and Germany -- and then interprets the findings within a broad theoretical and historical framework that considers how information use and daily activity contribute to individual, familial, societal, and cultural development.

Advances in Quality-of-Life Theory and Research

Advances in Quality-of-Life Theory and Research

This volume is relevant to quality-of-life researchers working in the areas of social medicine, sustainable development, social indicators research and health psychology/behavioral medicine. It represents a culmination of programmatic research in the science of QOL. The research methods and conceptual models used are exemplary and can induce QOL researchers to conduct future research in other cultures, geographic areas, and different socio-economic and demographic groups as well as in different QOL domains.

Soul, the Quality of Life

Soul, the Quality of Life

This compilation from the books of Alice Bailey seeks to increase understanding of the immortal soul, addressing it’s many aspects under sixty two headings. The creative nature of the Soul: On its own plane, the soul knows no separation, and the factor of synthesis governs all soul relations. The soul is occupied not only with the form that the vision of its objective may take, but with the quality or the meaning which that vision veils or hides. The soul knows the Plan; its form, outline, methods and objective are known. Through the use of the creative imagination, the soul creates; it builds thought-forms on the mental plane and objectifies desire on the astral plane. It proceeds then to externalise its thought and its desire upon the physical plane through applied force, creatively actuated by the imagination of the etheric or vital vehicle. Yet because the soul intelligence, motivated by love, it can (within the realised synthesis which governs its activities) analyse, discriminate and divide. The soul likewise aspires to that which is greater than itself, and reaches out to the world of divine ideas, and thus itself occupies a midway position between the world of ideation and the world of forms, This is its difficulty and its opportunity.