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Peter Herrmann

This article concerns challenges arising from the development of economic globalization as the so-called “creator of a new world order“ and its tendency to deteriorate the foundation of a global order in terms of social justice, solidarity, and human dignity. As main point of referral functions, the report of the "Commission Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi" on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress that refers to the European Commission's strategy of development, acknowledges the need for these values. On behalf of this reflection, this article is based on the recent outcomes of the exploration of these social quality issues in a recent published book by the Foundation on Social Quality. The article argues that indicators are needed in order to understand the effects of societal changes in response to the current economic globalization, which increases inequality and the fragmentation of the labor market.

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Jonathan Judaken, Rebecca Pitt, and Ronald Aronson

These articles deal with the theme of revolutionary hope in Ron Aronson’s work. Jonathan Judaken looks at Aronson’s conception of the politics of everyday life, or existentialist politics, inspired by Herbert Marcuse’s Marxism, which offered an explanation for inequality, privilege, and other social evils, as well as pointing the way to a solution to those problems. Rebecca Pitt deals with Aronson’s activism and commitment to changing the world, contextualizing this in Aronson’s work: his book on Sartre’s Second Critique, as well as his most recent work on social progress and hope.

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“I’m No Donna Reed”

Postfeminist Rhetoric in Christian At-Home Daughterhood Texts

Elizabeth Shively


In 2010, media outlets began to buzz about a trend among young conservative Christian women—a rise in at-home daughterhood, a practice in which women forgo college and paid work in favor of staying at home and honing their homemaking skills until marriage. These reports suggested that the practice was out to “turn back the clock on gender equality” and declare, “In your face, feminism!” While these accounts frame at-home daughterhood as a rejection of feminism, I suggest that advocates actually employ postfeminist strategies to make the practice palatable to contemporary women. My argument uses critiques of postfeminism to advance historical and sociological debates about the complicated role of feminism in conservative Christianity. Analyzing texts from parenting workshops and promotional materials, I find proponents acknowledge social progress on gender equity issues, but dismiss feminist politics through tactics of humor and depoliticization.

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Placing Wellbeing

Anthropological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Place

Emilia Ferraro and Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti

an end in itself. This has led to calls to go beyond economic measures of social progress, and also to wellbeing becoming a central governing policy concept (e.g. Bina and Vaz 2011 ; Jackson 2010 ; Max-Neef 2010 ). The main difference between the

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Searching for a New Way of Thinking about Society

A Noospheric Social Quality Orientation for Development toward Sustainability

Vyacheslav Nikolayevitch Bobkov and Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Bobkov

well-being, but it also takes a critical view of the so-called indicators of “social progress” as proposed by the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission ( Herrmann 2013 ). The assertion that there should be an alternative to GDP indicators is paired with a

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

reasoning will open new horizons. If these new forms of steering should be oriented to “social progress”—as in many pleas from the European Commission—we must know what progress of “the social” means. Such is also the case with the careless use of the

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Civil Society and Urban Agriculture in Europe

Mary P. Corcoran and Joëlle Salomon Cavin

Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress . Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress , Paris . . Tornaghi , Chiara . 2014 . “ Critical

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Where Do the Twain Meet?

C. S. A. (Kris) van Koppen

conservatism rather than social progress. However, Klintman's analysis of different views on this matter among the human sciences makes clear that this is not necessarily so. Evolutionary science does not preclude societal change in directions that we consider

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Book Reviews

Hegelianisms without Metaphysics?

David James, Bahareh Ebne Alian, and Jean Terrier

and measure social progress, which she eventually finds in the collective ‘level of insight into the possibility and the ability to shape our conditions of life’ (312). An emancipated society, according to this view, is one in which all members are

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Ian Mahoney and Tony Kearon

Britain: A Welfare State .” In Lin and Herrmann 2015 : 110 – 130 . Herrmann , P. 2015 . “ Economic Performance, Social Progress and Social Quality .” In Lin and Herrmann 2015 : 78 – 92 . Herrmann , P. , L. J. G. van der Maesen , and A