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Title Alleviating world suffering : the challenge of negative quality of life / Rondald E. Anderson, editor
Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017
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Series Social indicators research series ; volume 67
Social indicators research series ; v. 67
Contents Preface; Contents; Contributors; About the Editor; Abbreviations; Part I: Humanitarian and Social Perspectives on Suffering Alleviation; Chapter 1: A Worldview of the Alleviation of Suffering; Introduction; The Definition and Concept of Suffering; Basic Principles of Alleviating Suffering; Useful Frames for Thinking About Suffering-Alleviation; Suffering-Alleviation as Moral and Social Responsibility; Suffering-Alleviation as Unnecessary If Not Harmful; Suffering-Alleviation as Human Purpose and Meaning; Suffering-Alleviation as Key to Community and Civil Society
Alleviating the Impact of Systemic Humiliation Political Perspective; Social Perspective; Human Rights Perspective; Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: Suffering and the Ethics of Solidarity; Introduction; The Instrumentalization of Humanitarianism; Solidarity Without Grand Narratives; The Technologization of Communication; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Social Suffering and the Enigma of Humanitarianism; Introduction; The New Wave of Research on Social Suffering; Emerging Segregation Between the Social Sciences and Humanitarianism
New Roles for Humanitarianism in Social Research Going Forward: Humanitarian Research Responds to Human Suffering; References; Chapter 5: Synergy, Dysergy and the Alleviation of Preventable Suffering; Introduction; Teleological and Telic Foundations; Dysergy and Synergy at the Individual Level; Dysergy and Synergy at the Interpersonal and Social Level; Towards Mental, Interpersonal and Social Synergies; Developing a Culture of Unconditional Acceptance; Helping People to Develop Communication Skills; Developing Trust; Orientating Society to Synergetic Wants
Part II. Quality of Life (QOL), Caring and Suffering-Alleviation Part III. Improving Global Development, Healthcare and Poverty Reduction; Part IV. Violent Societal Conflict, Human Rights and Justice; Part V. Preventing Future Suffering; Conclusion; References; Chapter 2: Systemic Humiliation as Daily Social Suffering; Introduction; Humiliation as Physical, Social, and Moral Suffering; Systemic Humiliation; Discriminatory State Directives; Ideologies of Rank-Ordering; Essentializing Language; Stereotypical Images; Destructive Cultural Symbols
Suffering-Alleviation as Improving Quality of Life Suffering-Prevention as a Perspective on the Future; Global Social Sectors of Suffering-Alleviation; The Humanitarian Sector; The Social Policy Sector; The Caregiving Sector; The Spiritual Sector; Philosophical Issues in Prioritizing Suffering-Alleviation; Approaches to Alleviating Extreme Suffering; Global Trends in Suffering and Suffering-Alleviation; Nations with Dramatic Declines in Suffering; Overview of the Chapters; Part I. Humanitarian and Social Perspectives on Suffering-Alleviation
Summary This is the first volume on the subject of the alleviation of world suffering. At the same time it is also the first book framing the fields of global socio-economic development, world health, human rights, peace studies, sustainability, and poverty within the challenge of alleviating suffering and improving quality of life. Both international studies and global development have become specialized and fragmented, whereas this work assembles all of these development fragments together in order to determine whether common ground exists to make headway in reducing global suffering. Leading experts in these various fields of development and suffering have been recruited worldwide to give scholarly assessments of the major human problems and how they can be successfully tackled
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Quality of life.
Form Electronic book
Author Anderson, Ronald E. (Ronald Eugene), 1941- editor
ISBN 3319513915 (electronic bk.)
9783319513911 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Challenge of negative quality of life