Wellbeing Research and Indicators in Global and Comparative Perspective

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 12 (Juridicum)
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

This session calls for papers which extend theoretical concerns to large-scale structures and processes using or building regional or global indicators. This macro-comparative approach is proposed in contrast to the prevailing theorizing of individual-level variation in happiness or life satisfaction. Questions that deserve more scholarly attention include: What are the current human conditions from a wellbeing perspective? How do global institutional structures and transformations affect happiness? Do people in low-income countries fare well in recent decades in obtaining a decent standard of living as they desire? 
Also, we need more updates on the influence of national cultures or state policies on the populations’ wellbeing. Other topics or social indicators employed to compare wellbeing across countries/regions are equally welcome.
Session Organizer:
Ming-Chang TSAI, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Ming-Chang TSAI, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
The Livability of Modernity
Ruut VEENHOVEN, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Decent Society in International Comparison. Indicators of Social Quality World Wide
Pamela ABBOTT, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom; Roger SAPSFORD, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom; Claire WALLACE, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Different Proposals for Measuring the Quality and Welfare of Older People in Europe through Composite Indexes
Maria Jose GUERRERO, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain; Maria Jose DORADO RUBIN, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
International Comparative Usability of the National Index of Interpersonal Destructiveness: A Validity Analysis
Oliver NAHKUR, University of Tartu, Estonia; Dagmar KUTSAR, University of Tartu, Estonia
Weather and Subjective Well-Being
Tamas HAJDU, Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, CERS, Hungary
'towards the Development of a Composite Index for Consumerism'
María Dolores MARTIN-LAGOS LOPEZ, University of Granada, Spain
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