QUALITY OF LIFE: THE IDEA
First day of classes.
Gregg Easterbrook, "The Great Story of our Era: Average People Better Off." In The Progress Paradox (Random House, 2003), 3-34.
John De Graaf et al, "An Ache for Meaning," "Social Scars" and "Resource Exhaustion." In Affluenza, 2nd ed. (Berrett Koehler, 2005), 68-94.
Heinz-Herbert Noll, Part 1 of "Social Indicators and Social Reporting: The International Experience" (2000).
Quality of life: a definition
Conceptual tensions within QOL
Domains of QOL
The sociology of knowledge: Robert K. Merton
A sociology of QOL knowledge: David Brooks
International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies
Gil Scott-Heron, "Whitey on the Moon" (1970)
HAPPINESS & SUBJECTIVE QUALITY OF LIFE
Darrin M. McMahon, "The Highest Good." In Happiness: A History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006), 19-65.
Eudaimonia in early Greek life: Darrin M. McMahon
Social conditions for achieving happiness: Aristotle
Abraham Maslow, "A Theory of Human Motivation." Chap. 1 in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice, chaps. 1-5.
Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Self-actualization and individuality
Maslow: where Aristotle got it wrong
Satisfaction With Life Scale
Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice, chaps. 6, 8, 9, 11.
"Happiness: Enough Already" (Newsweek, February 11, 2008).
Adaptation and the 'satisfaction paradox'
"In-Verse Thinking: Questions for Charles Simic" (New York Times Magazine, February 3, 2008).
Essay 1 due.
James B. Twitchell, "The Liberating Role of Consumption..." Chap. 11 in Doherty & Etzioni.
Advertising and QOL: Avner Offer
Marketing and consumer QOL: M. Joseph Sirgy
MODERNIZATION & QUALITY OF LIFE
Clifford W. Cobb, pp. 1-14 of "Measurement Tools and the Quality of Life" (2000).
David A. Clark, "The Capability Approach: Its Development, Critiques, and Recent Advances" (2005).
Modernization theory: W.W. Rostow's theory of social change
Human development and QOL: Amartya Sen
Christian Welzel et al., "The Theory of Human Development: A Cross-Cultural Analysis." European Journal of Political Research 42 (2003): 341-379.
"Stifled, Egypt's Young Turn to Islamic Fervor" (New York Times, February 17, 2008).
Security vs. insecurity value systems: Ronald Inglehart
Inglehart-Welzel cultural map of the world
Marshall Sahlins, "The Original Affluent Society." In Stone Age Economics (Aldine Atherton, 1972), 1-40.
Rhythms of work in medieval England: Ian Blanchard
Ilene Philipson, "Less to Come Home to/Less to Go Out to." In Married to the Job (Free Press, 2002), 36-75.
Bianchi et al., Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, chaps, 1, 3-4.
Bianchi et al., Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, chaps. 5, 7-10.
"More Americans Are Giving Up Golf" (New York Times, February 21, 2008).
Essay 2 due.
Welfare regimes in developed countries
Family leave policies for 12 Western nations
March 9-22: Spring break
Stearns, Anxious Parents, esp. Chaps. 1-2, 4, 6-7.
The Dangerous Book for Boys (YouTube).
The Amazing Reading 1-Year-Old (YouTube).
WORK: THE MUSE OF QUALITY OF LIFE?
Andrew Ross, "The Golden Children of Razorfish." In No Collar (Basic Books, 2003), 55-86.
Ciulla, The Working Life, chaps. 1, 3-4, 7-8.
Ciulla, The Working Life, chaps. 10-11, Epilogue.
"Forget the Career. My Parents Need Me at Home" (New York Times, November 24, 2005).
How work and QOL are understood today.
The Quality of Working Life Movement.
Essay 3 due.
SUSTAINABILITY & COMMUNITY QUALITY OF LIFE
James Howard Kunstler, "Home From Nowhere." Atlantic Monthly, September 1996.
US City Sustainability Rankings (2006).
What Makes a Successful Place? (Project for Public Spaces).
Cities Ranked & Rated: the "quality of life" category.
Urban planning and quality of life: Alexander Garvin.
O'Toole, The Best-Laid Plans, Introduction, Parts 2-3.
"Fuel Choices, Food Crises and Finger-Pointing" (New York Times, April 15, 2008).
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "The Next President's First Task (A Manifesto)" (Vanity Fair, May 2008).
O'Toole, The Best-Laid Plans, Parts 4, 6.
Claude Fischer, "Ever More Rooted Americans," City & Community 1 (2002): 177-198.
Amitai Etzioni, "Voluntary Simplicity." Introduction in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
Juliet Schor, "The Problem of Over-Consumption." Chap. 4 in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
Duane Elgin and Arnold Mitchell, "Voluntary Simplicity: A Movement Emerges." Chap. 9 in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
Bill McKibben website.
The Anti-Communitarian Manifesto.
Living Outside the Dialectic.
VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY & THE POLITICS OF QUALITY OF LIFE
Robert Frank, "Achieving Collective Well-Being Through Greater Simplicity: A Simple Proposal." Chap. 5 in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
David Brooks, "Conspicuous 'Simplicity'." Chap. 10 in Doherty & Etzioni, Voluntary Simplicity.
Cecile Andrews: Circle of Simplicity.
Whole Earth Catalog.
"Say 'Hybrid' and Many People Will Hear 'Prius'" (New York Times, July 4, 2007).
Utilitarianism and individual preferences: Clifford W. Cobb.
Grigsby, Buying Time and Getting By, chaps. 1-3.
Individualism and moral commitment: Robert Bellah et al.
Grigsby, Buying Time and Getting By, chaps. 4-5.
"For 'EcoMoms,' Saving Earth Begins at Home" (New York Times, February 16, 2008).
Essay 4 due.
Friday, May 16
Final paper due.