Exploring the Concept and Experience of Hope – Theoretical and Methodological Foundations

  • Andreas M. KrafftEmail author
  • Andreas M. Walker
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 72)


In this first chapter, the theoretical foundations and the practical context as well as the objectives and the methodology of the Hope-Barometer research program will be described. Against the background of various theories and definitions of hope and taking into account the negative cultural bias in many countries focusing mainly on the worries and fears of the population about the future, the Hope-Barometer has three main objectives: (1) to encourage and support a public discourse on hope in the participating countries, (2) to empirically explore hope as perceived by individuals and groups in different contexts and cultures, and (3) to contribute to the understanding of the theoretical concept of hope. For these reasons, a working definition of hope based on theoretical considerations and empirical findings will be proposed and the development of new methods to measure the general level as well as specific domains of hope (e.g. hope targets, hope experiences, hope activities, etc.) will be presented.


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  1. 1.Institute of Systemic Management and Public GovernanceUniversity of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.SwissfutureLucerneSwitzerland

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