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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

bear on public issues. Many digital solutions that are changing the urban fabric, from e-healing to telemedicine, come from the private sector. These have enormous potential across Southeast Asia, where urbanization is happening at a breakneck pace

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Pathways to Empowerment

The Social Quality Approach as a Foundation for Person-Centered Interventions

Judith R. L. M. Wolf and Irene E. Jonker

). Hope has been proven to be a protective and healing factor ( Deci and Ryan 2000 ). Hope consists of two elements: (1) an appraisal of one's capability and determination to achieve a goal—this so-called hope agency refers to knowing your personal

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Elisabeth Hsu

What, if not Durkheim’s ‘collective representations’ acquired during exalted states of effervescence, gives rise to society, culture and science? Marcel Mauss provides another answer by pointing to the different rhythms of social relationships and the human effort to synchronise them. The seasonal cycle of the Eskimo [Inuit], Mauss argues, is in accord with their game; hence people disperse in summer to pursue economic activities in small bands, while they congregate in dense house-complexes in winter and engage in ritual. It would appear that Mauss draws heavily on Boas’s contrast between the Kwakiutl winter celebrations and their ‘uninitiated’ livelihood in summer. These insights have traction for medical anthropologists who are interested in finding an anthropological explanation for the efficaciousness of ‘traditional’ medicines or ‘indigenous’ healing techniques.