Handbook of Quality of Life in African Societies

  • Irma Eloff

Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Social Context, Culture and Community

  3. Environment and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Carolyn Chisadza, Elsabé Loots
      Pages 131-147
  4. Health

  5. Education

  6. Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. Motlalepule Ruth Mampane, Selogadi Ngwanagwato Mampane, Sylvia Ocansey
      Pages 375-390
    3. Shazly Savahl, Sabirah Adams, Elizabeth Benninger, Maria Florence, Kyle Jackson, Donnay Manuel et al.
      Pages 407-430
  7. Marié P. Wissing, Lusilda Schutte, Angelina Wilson Fadiji
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This handbook reflects on quality-of-life in societies on the continent of Africa. It provides a widely interdisciplinary text with insights on quality-of-life from a variety of scientific perspectives. The handbook is structured into sections covering themes of social context, culture and community; the environment and technology; health; education; and family. It is aimed at scholars who are working towards sustainable development at the intersections of multiple scientific fields and it provides measures of both objective and subjective quality-of-life. The scholarly contributions in the text are based on original research and it spans fields of research such as cultures of positivity, wellbeing, literacy and multilinguism, digital and mobile technologies, economic growth, food and nutrition, health promotion, community development, teacher education and family life. Some chapters take a broad approach and report on research findings involving thousands, and in one case millions, of participants. Other chapters zoom in and illustrate the importance of specificity in quality-of-life studies. Collectively, the handbook illuminates the particularity of quality-of-life in Africa, the unique contextual challenges and the resourcefulness with which challenges are being mediated. This handbook provides empirically grounded conceptualizations about life in Africa that also encapsulate the dynamic, ingenious ways in which we, as Africans, enhance our quality-of-life.  


Improving Quality of Life Economic Growth in Africa Care Regimes and Gender in Africa Improving Health Outcomes for African Youth Resilience in South Africa Teaching in the Northern Cape Building Capacity for Mathematics Education Quality of Life of Teachers in Sudan Support Groups for Families Affected by HIV Improving Quality of Life through Teaching Promoting Holistic Well-Being in South Africa Capacity Development in Schools Successful Family Life for Black South Africans Policy Commitment and Food Security

Editors and affiliations

  • Irma Eloff
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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