Social Quality Measurement and Perceived Social Quality

The Case of Peshawar, Pakistan

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  • 1 sayedyasirali@gmail.com
  • 2 College of Public Administration, Zheijian University ka_lin_2004@aliyun.com
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Abstract

This study investigates the difference between the maps of social quality and perceived social quality. Using survey data collected from Peshawar, a prominent city in Pakistan, we compare the general and the perceived maps of social quality drawn from survey respondents based on their stands of income, education, age, and gender. With this comparison, the study conducts the regression analysis about the data to reveal the relations between these factors and draw some policy implications. The analysis contrasting objective and subjective visions of the social quality map may support a constructionist view on social quality and, more essentially, bring our view into the diversity of the perceived maps of social quality in reference to the interests of different social groups in society.

Contributor Notes

Muhammad Yasir Ali is an independent scholar from Pakistan. He earned his master's degree in public administration from the College of Public Administration at Zhejiang University. His specific research interests are social development, social cohesion, social integration, and policy studies. Email: sayedyasirali@gmail.com

Ka Lin is Professor of the College of Public Administration at Zhejiang University, Docent at the University of Turku and the University of Tampere, and Vice Chair of the International Association on Social Quality. He has published numerous research papers in English-and Chinese-language journals in social policy, social work, social administration, and social quality. Email: ka_lin_2004@aliyun.com

The International Journal of Social Quality

(formerly The European Journal of Social Quality)

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