Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 189–193 | Cite as

Book Review: Francesco Sarracino and Malgorzata Mikucka. 2014. Beyond Money: the Social Roots of Health and Well-being, New York: Nova Science

  • Bogdan Voicu

Scholars concerned with cultural postmodernization tend to agree on several basic assertions. Among them, at least one directly refers well-being and quality of life. Postmodernization is not only about social and economic change but also about intimate changes at individual level. People start to focus on achieving a better life without focusing primarily on material possessions. Socialized in more abundant environments (Beck and Beck-Gernsheim 2001; Inglehart 1997), individuals are used to having their basic needs fulfilled and prioritizing their superior desires, such as self-expression and self-fulfillment. The way social science analyzes well-being also changes. In the 1960s, poverty and wealth were at the top of the public and individual agenda, but even then, the idea that “poverty, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder” (Orshansky 1969, p. 37) was about to became widely accepted. In the 1970s, relativity was embedded in almost any approach to poverty and deprivation and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Romanian AcademyResearch Institute for Quality of LifeBucharestRomania

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