World Suffering and Quality of Life

  • Ronald E. Anderson

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. World Suffering: A Challenge to Humanity, Humanitarianism and Human Rights

  3. Professional and Informal Caregiving

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Robert A. Neimeyer
      Pages 115-124
    3. Pauline Boss
      Pages 125-134
    4. Graciela Tonon, Lia Rodriguez-de-la-Vega, Inés Aristegui
      Pages 135-145
  4. Quality of Life: Global, Community, and Personal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Qiang Fu
      Pages 173-186
    3. Yanjie Bian, Jing Shen
      Pages 187-202
    4. Francisca Dussaillant, Pablo A. González
      Pages 233-250
  5. Suffering and Community: Online and Offline Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Daina Cheyenne Harvey
      Pages 269-280
    3. Katrin Döveling, Katrin Wasgien
      Pages 317-329
    4. Laura Robinson
      Pages 331-339
    5. Anna Johansson, Hans T. Sternudd
      Pages 341-355
  6. Research and Policy Challenges for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Louis-Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu, Andrea H. Tapia
      Pages 367-383
    3. Ara Francis, Daina Cheyenne Harvey
      Pages 401-411
    4. Caitlin O. Mahoney, Laura M. Harder
      Pages 413-425
    5. Ronald E. Anderson
      Pages 427-439

About this book


This is the first book tackling the topic of world suffering. It compiles in one place the ideas, perspectives, and findings of researchers from around the world who pioneered research-based understanding of human suffering. Some chapters use the paradigm of ‘quality of life’ to explore ways to enhance knowledge on suffering.  Other chapters show how concepts and knowledge from suffering research can benefit studies on quality of life. 

    By bringing together in one volume, ideas and research experience from the best minds and leading researchers in the fields of pain, suffering, poverty, deprivation, disability and quality of life (including well-being and happiness), this volume advances social science solutions to a number of major threads of research, most notably suffering. As a whole, the volume advances the fields of suffering and deprivation by suggesting a working typology of suffering and by pointing out the major paradigms for relief of suffering, such as humanitarianism, human rights, caring, and healing. This volume provides a wealth of insights about the interaction between suffering and quality of life, the most up-to-date characterization of worldwide suffering, and a grasp of the implications of these data for local and global policy on health and social well-being. 


Conceptual Frameworks related to Pain and Suffering Country-specific measurement of suffering and quality of life Future Research on Suffering and Quality of Life Humanitarian considerations from findings on suffering Methodological considerations in the investigation of suffering Research on Suffering and Quality of Life Suffering and Quality of Life

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald E. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Emeritus Faculty of SociologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9669-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9670-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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