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In pursuit of the quality of life / edited by Avner Offer
Bib ID 2902996
Format BookBook
Description Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996 
302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0198280025
Summary

Is wealth the same as happiness? How is the quality of life to be evaluated, measured, and most importantly, achieved? 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 people's lives. Prominent authors from an array of different academic disciplines discuss the quality of life as viewed from their distinctive perspectives: these include 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.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction / Avner Offer
  • 2. Subjective Well-Being / Michael Argyle
  • 3. Basic Needs, Capabilities, and Human Development / Frances Stewart
  • 4. Economics of the Environment / Christopher Bliss
  • 5. Combining Employment and Child-Rearing: The Story of British Women's Lives / Heather Joshi
  • 6. Responsibilities and the Quality of Relationships in Families / Janet Finch
  • 7. Alternative Approaches to the Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life / Ray Fitzpatrick
  • 8. The Quality of Employment: Perspectives and Problems / Duncan Gallie
  • 9. Time Use, Quality of Life, and Process Benefits / Jonathan Gershuny and Brendan Halpin
  • 10. The Mask of Intimacy: Advertising and the Quality of Life / Avner Offer
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Quality of life.  |  Quality of life -- Great Britain.
Other authors/contributors Offer, Avner

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