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Oscar A. Gómez

Recognizing the influence crises have in shaping global governance nowadays, the present work explores the possible contribution of human development thinking countering the perverse effects of shock-driven responses to major emergencies. This is done by focusing on contributions by Sen, Dreze, Haq and Stewart related to famines, violent conflict and the idea of human security, analyzed using a selection of four criteria, namely, describing the position of crisis inside human development thinking, issues of modeling and measurement, the stance toward agency, and the actors gathered around the discourse. After strengths and weaknesses are considered, the article suggests a tangential involvement through other human concepts, so human development ideas do not get muddled by the logic of shocks and fulfill the great responsibility of helping us avoid the many shortfalls of a security-obsessed view of humanity.

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The Individual and the Social

A Comparative Study of Quality of Life, Social Quality and Human Development Approaches

David Phillips

The overall aim of this paper is to compare the human development (HD) and social quality (SQ) approaches in the context of quality of life in general and in relation to development in particular. It commences with a broad overview of several perspectives including: prudential values; Sen's capability approach; Berger-Schmitt and Noll's overarching quality of life construct; Phillips' quality of life construct; and Doyal and Gough's theory of Human Needs. en HD and SQ are introduced. HD emphasises well-being, enlarging people's choices, living a long and healthy life, being educated and enjoying a decent standard of living. All this is predicated on the UNDP's insistence that it is people who comprise the real wealth of nations: HD emphasises the well-being of individuals. Two sets of tensions are then discussed: first between the ability to exercise individual freedom and the constraints upon freedom imposed by the provision of compulsory education of children which facilitates that freedom (an institutional threshold to 'the social'); and secondly, the relationship between personhood, social relationships and collective capabilities (an interactive threshold to the social). This is followed by an exploration of whether HD's individualistic orientation is a weakness or whether its explicit incompleteness is a strength. The paper concludes with a discussion of possible ways forward in developing the HD construct, either by incorporating the notion of 'the social' within its framework or else via strategies of using it in partnership with the social quality theory that can both extend it and provide it with a richer theoretical justification.

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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

in their lives by focusing on their strengths and stimulating their personal agency, participation in society, and self-direction in life. The main task of professionals is to help create the conditions in which growth and recovery are likely to occur

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

income, demoting citizens in their political strength and sociocultural relationships. All of this is masked by deliberately false government information ( Smith and Wanless 2020 ). The US figures are the silent witnesses. Expectations are that, in

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

Gasper has noted: “Often, economic growth is presented as an essential part of modern identity: The source of hope, meaning and self-profiling, at the level of individuals, and especially of nations. It becomes the token of national strength, virility and

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Ferenc Bódi, Jenő Zsolt Farkas, and Péter Róbert

” can also be partly seen in an S4 country, Finland.) All this points to the “strength” of the central regions and the resulting regional differences within these countries. In Poland, however, this strength is lacking. This is not surprising, as the

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Muhammad Yasir Ali and Ka Lin

need to look into the depth of the internal diversity beyond this mean score of each dimension. For instance, in this SQ general map, the factor of social cohesion seems have a high score (0.66) with strength, but if looking at Table 5 , we find the

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Humanosphere Potentiality Index

Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective

Takahiro Sato, Mario Ivan López, Taizo Wada, Shiro Sato, Makoto Nishi, and Kazuo Watanabe

1998 ). Truly “objective” indicators do not exist. The greater the influence of the indicator developed, the greater the strength and reinforcement of biases at play in the selection of variables that constitute indicators. This can potentially weaken

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Singing with Dignity

Adding Social Quality to Organization Studies on Aging

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

. 2017 ; Thomas et al. 2014 ). What makes SQ stand apart from other political projects to protect the weak (like the human rights and human development approaches), and compatible with organization theory, is the strength of its attention to structure

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Ian Mahoney and Tony Kearon

” (see Leonard 2004 ; Putnam 2001 ) has traditionally been identified as a strength of working-class communities, rooting their identity in space and place, yet it can also trap people in their community and circumstances ( Abbott et al. 2016 ). While