The Quality of Life: Systems Approaches - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080271989, 9781483190044

The Quality of Life: Systems Approaches

1st Edition

Proceedings of the International Congress on Applied Systems Research and Cybernetics

Editors: G.E. Lasker
eBook ISBN: 9781483190044
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 606
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Applied Systems and Cybernetics covers the proceedings of the International Congress on Applied Systems Research and Cybernetics. The book presents several studies that cover the application of systems research and cybernetics in improving the quality of life. Majority of the materials in the text tackle various aspects of quality of life in relation to systems and cybernetics, such as living space, future prospects, work, education, politics, law, ethics and values, culture and ethnicity, and social systems. The selection also presents articles that cover the elemental properties of quality of life, such as the concept, views, indicators, and dimension. The book will be of great interest to any scientists regardless of disciplines, since it covers the main purpose of science, the improvement of quality of life.

Table of Contents



Alphabetical Listing of Authors

Index of Major Subject Areas

I. Inaugural Addresses

Systems, Cybernetics, and Subjectivity

Intelligent Machines: They are Coming

Personal Cybernetics as a System for Self Realization of the Individual in Industry

II. Quality of Life: Concepts & Views

Quality of Life: The Process of Development of Legitimate Goals

An Engineer's View of the Quality of Life

Progress, Stratification and Quality of Life: A View from Anthropology

Quality of Family Life as Perceived by Student Teachers

III. Quality of Life: Dimensions & Indicators

Subjectivity and Objectivity as Co-Essential Dimensions of the Quality of Life

Subjective and Objective Factors in Social Indicator and Quality of Life Models

Social Positions, Social Inequality and Subjective Well-Being

The Management of Human Resources in Business Systems: An Influential Variable in the Quality of Life

Simplicity: A Perspective on the Quality of Life

IV. Improving Quality of Life: Methodological Concepts

A Framework of Reference to Improve the Quality of Life

Speeding up Improvement

Is it Possible to Model Quality of Life?

Creation of Employment, Territorial Distribution and Environment Protection: Multiple Criterion for the Short Term Programming of Industrial Estates

V. The Human System and the Quality of Life

The Quality of Life and Emerging Directions of Change in Our Conception of Human Systems

The Human System, Its Ecological Niche and the Quality of Life: A Field of Study

Human Systems: Needs, Requirements, Environments and Quality of Life

General Systems Theory in the Conscious Evolution of Mankind

Improving Human Consciousness

VI. Quality of Life and the Individual Person

The Human Knowledge Process as a System Forming General System

Development of Knowledge and the Quality of Life

The Impact of the Development of Personality on the Concept of the Quality of Life

The Quality of Life in the Context of a Basic Person-Environment System

The Quality of Life in Relation to the Changing Image of Man

Setting Changes and the Quality of Human Life

SAETTEAS: The Quality of Life Chain through Regional Development

VII. Social Systems and the Quality of Life

The Myopia of Social Systems

Quality of Interaction & Participation: On Model Power in Industrial Democracy & Computer Networks Cybernetics for the Quality of Society

Information Automation, Human Service Delivery, and Quality of Life

Working Toward Quality of Life: Primary Prevention of Drug Abuse

Sociolinguistic Analysis and Organizational Change, the Linguist's Potential for Improving the Quality of Modern Life

VIII. Social Values, Ethics, Lifestyles and Basic Needs in Quality of Life

Functionality, Values Ordering and Decision in Social Systems

Basic Needs, Ethics, and Quality of Life

Values, Lifestyles and Basic Beliefs as Influences on Perceived Quality of Life

Scientific Thought and the Problem of Steering Societies

A Calendar of Human Change

IX. Quality of Life: Cross-National & Cross-Cultural Analysis

Income, Energy Consumption and State Social Quality of Life in U.S.A. 1960, 1970 and 1978

Energy, Economic Growth and Quality of Life: A Cross-National Trend Analysis

Quality of Life Indicators - The Happiest Americans

Transportation Impacts of Rationing on Individual Travel Decisions in a Quality of Life Context

Culture, the Self-Fulfi11ing Prophecy, and Quality of Life in the Black Belt Region of the Southeastern United States

Quality of Life in Two Cultures: Springfield, Illinois and Aix-en-Provence, France Shin

Underlying Dimensions in the Change of Perceived Quality of Life: Results from the Edmonton Area Studies 1975 - 1979

Perception of Well Being: A Comparison of Puerto Rican and Colombian Sugar Cane Workers

X. Law and the Quality of Life

Law and the Quality of Life — A Human Rights Perspective

Environmental Law and the Quality of Life

International Organization and the Protection of the Human Environment: From the Stockholm Conference into the Eighties

The Role of Law in the Development of Lesser Developed Countries

XI. Quality of LIFE Education

Quality of Life Education: A Challenge to the Systems Inquiry Community

Education: The Key to the Transition from a Consuming Society to a Conserving Society

System Management Workbooks — Tools for Quality of Life Education

Potentialities for 'Quality of Life' Improvement via High Technology-Integrated Learning/Information/ Telecommunication Systems

Learning to Meet Nutritional Needs: A Global Perspective

Canadian Multiculturalism and the Teaching of the Non-Official Languages in Manitoba

Community Educational Planning in Mexico

Integrating Education and Work

XII. Quality of in Political Perspective

Protecting the Quality of Life: The Role of Government in Reconciling Man-Made and Naturally Evolving Systems

Perceived Quality of Life and Political Activity

The Quality of Life and Public Confidence in Government

Political Economy and the Quality of Life: Toward a Cybernetic Approach

XIII. Quality of Working Life

A New Model for the Quantitative Measurement of the Quality of Working Life

Measuring the Quality of Working Life: A Pilot Investigation

The Marriage of the Social Scientist and Industrial Engineer

Sociotechnics of Autonomous Work Groups as Social Systems

Information Identity and the Role of Work

Productivity and Quality of Life Improvement

Improving the Quality of Working Life (QWL)

Through Information Systems Development

XIV. Human Kinetics, Sport and Quality of Life

Sport and Quality of Life

Sport's Contribution to the Quality of Life: Capacity Versus Current Practices in Cross- National Perspective

Sports Events in Cultural Perception of "The Good Life"

Ludus, Leisure Time, and the Quality of Life

Automatic Control Systems for Management of Training Process of Soviet Olympic Teams

EMG and Computer Programming to Improve the Quality of Life: Lower Back Pain

L'Education Permanente via l'Activité Physique Au Troisieme Age

XV. Quality of Life and the Future

The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Quality of Life in the Future

The Future Role of Interactive Simulation as a Device to Improve Household Quality of Life Decisions: Where Dynamic Forecasting is Going

The Futurist Literature and the Emergence of a 'New Paradigm' Implications for Building More Humane Kinds of Social-Political Institutions Emphasizing the Quality of Life

Level Five Prognostication

Television and the Future of Quality of Life

XVI. Quality in Living Spaces

Quality of Living Spaces: A Comprehensive Analysis of Two City Planning Systems

The Architecture and the Quality of Life: A Systems Approach to Design

The Impact of Technology on the Physical Growth and Social Development of Cities Within the German Democratic Republic

XVII. Energy Problems and Quality of Life

Nuclear Power and 'Unconventional' Energy Sources: Canada, the Past, Present and Future

XVIII. Peace and Quality of Life Through Cultural Development

Aims and Structure of the Sociocultural Organization

The Significance of Meaning in Violence and Nonviolence

An Anthropological Understanding of Non-Aggressive Social Systems

Adaptive Regulation in Contemporary Society

A Systems Approach

Synergetic Games: A Contribution to the Abolition of War

Peace and Quality of Life


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