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Quality of Life : Concept, Policy and Practice - David Phillips

Quality of Life

Concept, Policy and Practice

Hardcover Published: 19th January 2006
ISBN: 9780415323543
Number Of Pages: 288

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Quality of life is one of the most important issues facing the world today and is central to the development of social policy.

This innovative book discusses this crucial topic, assessing the criteria for judging attempts to raise quality of life, including the satisfaction of basic and social needs, autonomy to enjoy life and social connectivity. It considers key topics such as:

  • individual well-being and health-related quality of life
  • human needs - living fulfilling and flourishing lives
  • poverty and social exclusion
  • social solidarity, altruism and trust within communities.

Quality of Life is the first systematic presentation of this subject from both individual and collective perspectives. It provides a powerful overview of a concept which is becoming increasingly prominent in the social sciences and is essential reading for students of social policy, sociology and health studies.

Introduction and overview
A first view of quality of life
The book
Quality of life and the individual
Happiness, life satisfaction, subjective well-being
From subjective well-being to quality of life
Models of quality of life
Health-related quality of life
The health-related quality of life of individuals
The health-related quality of life of communities
The social context - utility, needs, prudential values and capabilities
Happiness and utilitarianism
Prudential values
Doyal and Gough's theory of human need (THN)
Summary and conclusions
Poverty and wealth, inclusion and exclusion - social processes and social outcomes
Poverty and quality of life
Social exclusion
Poverty, social exclusion and quality of life
Communities and quality of life - social capital and social cohesion
Social capital and social cohesion - overview
From social capital to social cohesion: a stepped aggregation
Bringing social cohesion and social exclusion together
Societal quality of life constructs
Overarching quality of life constructs
Bernard's democratic dialectic
Berger-Schmitt and Noll's overarching quality of life construct
Social quality
Healthy societies - quality and quantity of life
Hancock's public health model
Healthy communities - a case study
Why are some societies more healthy than others?
Résumé and identification of cross-cutting themes
Major themes: from the individual to the societal
Principles of quality of life
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ISBN: 9780415323543
ISBN-10: 0415323541
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.1  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1