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The level of civilisation a new field for the application of social indicators

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Social indicators have been recognised for some time as a means of measuring various facets of social life which were difficult to quantify, such as level of living, environment conditions and the quality of life. It is proposed here that they should also be applied to the most important of them all, and namely to the quality of the society itself. Quality of society is the outcome of society's development, it may be seen as a level of civilisation, i.e. a position on a scale between vile barbarism and highest civilisation. This position may be given a numerical expression in terms of social indicators. A suggestion for constructing such a system of indicators is presented in this paper.

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Drewnowski, J. The level of civilisation a new field for the application of social indicators. Soc Indic Res 18, 339–347 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00286624

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Keywords

  • Social Life
  • Social Indicator
  • High Civilisation
  • Numerical Expression