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Evolutionary Thermodynamics and Theory of Social Quality as Links between Physics, Biology, and the Human Sciences

Jaap Westbroek, Harry Nijhuis, and Laurent van der Maesen

unity. Particular attention is given to the interdependent dialectical character of processes in societies between humans and (evolving) levels of societal organization. We propose that the theory of social quality, both in ontological and

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Social Quality Measurement and Perceived Social Quality

The Case of Peshawar, Pakistan

Muhammad Yasir Ali and Ka Lin

index, and social quality index ( Land et al. 2011 ; Abbott et al. 2016 ; Schalock et al. 2005 ). These index systems present information on the ranking based on the survey data but also refer to some statistical data. The main intent of these studies

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Social Quality in China

An Analysis of the Evaluation of Different Classes

Cui Yan and Huang Yongliang

of social quality—that is, socioeconomic security, social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment—on the overall development of society and people’s daily circumstances. Herewith, it is possible to provide a policy basis and theoretical

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Editorial

Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

This issue is dedicated to two general topics that play a central role in social quality thinking and its policy application. The first is how to sharpen the social quality approach (SQA) as an intellectual instrument to understand the nature and

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Social Quality

Regaining Political Economy

Peter Herrmann

value. As far as this is not a relationship of absolute congruence or dissonance in modern societies, we can see here as well a range that serves as potential space for social quality. In this we are also urged not only to bring labor (market) issues

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Social Quality, Community Capacity, and Capability Poverty of Urban Residents in Shenzhen, China

Xu Yanhui and Gong Ziyu

development capability of impoverished people will mean a lot for our practical poverty alleviation work. This article attempts to use the social quality theory and the community capacity theory to study the poverty of Chinese urban residents. Poverty here

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Social Quality Research in a Globalized World

An Introduction

Ka Lin, Des Gasper, and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

In the current globalized world, societal trends, problems, and challenges come not only from national states but also from beyond. These trends, problems, and challenges include international migration, human traffi cking, pandemics such as HIV, environmental pollution, and terrorism, presenting risks for the progress of human society and for world peace. Therefore, they are, or should be, subject to forms of global governance. This issue of the International Journal of Social Quality includes several papers to discuss these issues as important topics in social quality studies.

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Editorial: Actual politics and the need of conceptual clarity

Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

characteristics of the social quality approach which also are relevant for this editorial ( IASQ 2019 ). In the fall of 2019, the new European Commission ( EC 2019/a ) also clearly said in its document about the European Green Deal that it would propose and

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Social Quality of China

Indicators, Reality, and Problems

Li Wei and Cui Yan

China has entered a new phase of development. Living standards have significantly improved as the economy grows. Socioeconomic security, social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment have all strengthened, but the social quality level is not quite satisfactory. First, many think the low “social security” cannot provide sufficient protection. Second, low social trust and lack of social belief and value system greatly affect social cohesion. Third, to cope with social discrimination and realize better tolerance, social inclusion must be addressed. People have the strongest sense of unfairness for wealth and income gaps as well as right and entitlement differences between urban and rural areas. In addition, low political efficacy and low levels of social and political participation indicate weak social empowerment in China.

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Social Quality and Brexit in Stoke-on-Trent, England

Ian Mahoney and Tony Kearon

the role of Euroscepticism, populism, and English nationalism in the Brexit vote, and its potential societal consequences by drawing on social quality theory (SQT) to provide a more in-depth region focused analysis of the anti-EU sentiment in the UK