ERIC Number: ED137025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Social Indicators for Developing Countries: A New Approach. Cornell Rural Sociology Bulletin Series - Bulletin No. 82.
Young, Ruth C.
Designed to be self-contained, the material in this workbook on social indicators can be used for teaching and research purposes by agency field workers and/or undergraduates from developing nations who do not have a social science background. Originally presented to 22 professional people from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines as part of a 10-week workshop on research methods for rural development held at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii (November 1975), this material includes many illustrative tables (e.g., Proposed Indicators of Overall Philippine Well-Being; Criteria of Social Well-Being and Variables Used in Analysis of 48 United States; Preliminary Cross-Cultural Scale for Measuring Level of Living; Comparison of Level of Living Scores for Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic; Sample Household Food Consumption Schedule; Mauritius: Food Balance Sheet, 1960-64; etc.). Since data indicate food is virtually all that rural poor people in developing nations have and since most social indicator measures are more appropriate for urban dwellers in developed countries, especially the more affluent, it is suggested that food be made the core measure at the family, village, and national level. It is further suggested that food is inherently distributive (even the rich can only eat so much) and that as an indicator of human welfare, food avoids the problem of value judgments upon the relative quality of life provided by a given technological innovation. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Rural Sociology.; New York Agricultural Experiment Station, Ithaca.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to small print size of original document