The Quality of Life: Systems Approaches

The Quality of Life: Systems Approaches

Proceedings of the International Congress on Applied Systems Research and Cybernetics

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Editor: G.E. Lasker
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483190044

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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


  • Preface

    Acknowledgments

    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 606
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483190044

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