S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.38 No.1/2 (2009)
Social Quality Theory in Perspective
- Lin, Ka; Ward, Paul; Van Der Maesen, Laurent J.G.
- Issue Date
- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.38 No.2, pp. 201-208
- The late 20th century was a period of high productivity in ideas and theories of social sciences, in particular around the themes of welfare regimes, human security, social capital, social exclusion, and globalization. Among a rich diversity of these theories, social quality theory (thereafter SQ theory) presents a new approach that touches upon very essential parts of daily circumstances in societies. This theory is operated at both ontological and epistemological levels of theorization (Beck, Maesen v.d. and Walker, 2001: 307-360), which is both descriptive and explanatory about economic, political, juridical, sociological and environmental relations in daily circumstances. It is competitive and also compensational to other social sciences, generating a new perspective of understanding of the economic, socio-political, environmental and the cultural dimensions of human existence.