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Title: Empirical exploration of the theory and measurement of social quality with the ethnic variable
Author: Uusitalo, Erica
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 9248
Awarding Body: The University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis is an empirical and theoretical exploration of social quality, a social policy framework that represents both a political project and a social scientific framework. Ultimately, social quality aims at a social-theoretically sound and measurable construct, and therefore different aspects of the structure-agency problematic are at the heart of this study. The methodological implications of the political and social scientific theorising are explored through the two-tiered approach advocated in the social quality literature, with a particular focus on ethnicity. This entailed interviews with individuals in a community setting and analysing secondary data on social quality proxy indicators. The findings from the subjective profiling and indicator measures confirm the need to clarify the approach to relationality both in terms of the theorising and the methodology of the social quality construct. Furthermore, an understanding of the structural effects of socio-cultural differences that are relevant to social quality clearly requires an approach that transcends the t\vo-tiered focus. Instead of subjective profiling through individual interviews, it is argued, social quality needs to develop an evaluation methodology that facilitates an analysis of the meso level actors and processesú that form the relational nexus of social quality theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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