© 2016

Indicators of Quality of Life in Latin America

  • Graciela Tonon

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Graciela Tonon, Lía Rodriguez de la Vega
      Pages 3-17
    3. Noelia Somarriba Arechavala, Pilar Zarzosa Espina
      Pages 19-56
  3. Urban Quality of Life: A Geographical View

  4. Quality of Life of Different Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Fermina Rojo-Perez, Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas
      Pages 275-294
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-303

About this book


This volume sheds new light on the use of quantitative, qualitative and synthetic indicators for the measurement of quality of life in different countries of Latin America. Organized in three parts, the book presents the methodology for the construction of new indicators, discusses quality of urban life from a geographical perspective, and examines quality of life of different populations. The book focuses on the social, economic, political, geographical and demographic dimensions. It covers a wide range of topics, including the ways to measure social, political and spatial inequalities, the changes in urban quality of life, the construction of a synthetic indicator for the assessment of habitability, the measuring of spatial segregation in midsize and smaller cities by using thematic cartography and synthesis maps, and the concept of habitability. It includes research conducted on the quality of life of different population groups: working boys and girls, high-school students, and older people.


Measuring Quality of Life and Inequalities Methodology for the construction of new indicators Monitoring quality of life inequalities Personal wellbeing and Quality of Life among older adults Quality of Life by age-groups Quality of urban life

Editors and affiliations

  • Graciela Tonon
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad Nacional de Lomas de ZamoraBuenas AiresArgentina

About the editors

Argentinean. Doctorate in Political Science (USAL), Argentina. Post-doctoral studies - CIMESS (University of Florence), Italy. Masters in Political Science (IDAES-UNSAM). Bachelors in Social Services. Director of UNI-COM (University-Community Relations) at the School of Social Sciences at the National University of Lomas de Zamora. She is a full-time professor at graduate and undergraduate levels, and a research professor in the School of Social Sciences at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, and at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Palermo. She is professor at the National University of La Matanza, Information Officer in Human Development and Capability Association. Vice-president of external affairs at International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Director and reviewer of research papers and doctoral theses at various universities in several countries throughout Latin America. CONEAU (National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation) peer reviewer for the Ministry of Education, Argentina. She has written books, book chapters, and scientific articles in Spanish and English on areas of interest, including: quality of life, research methodology, youth, and social work.

Bibliographic information


“Prof. Tonon has assembled a much to be admired book on an all too rarely studied population across a wide range of highly diverse countries and cultures that make up Latin America. In doing so, she has produced a book that is of great value to scholars and students everywhere.” (Richard J. Estes, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 13, 2018)