Social Indicators Research

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 555–579 | Cite as

Structure and processes of a phenomenon: The context of quality of life in India

  • Ramkrishna Mukherjee


The properties of objective or subjective variables are commonly examined with reference to a set of mutually distinct but analogous social groups structured at a time point. The procedure fails to examine what is happening across the structured groups and therefore what is likely to be the role of the variables in differentiating or integrating the ordained set of social groups. A resolution of this issue is vital for the appraisal of a better quality of life because by definition it is always an ongoing phenomenon. The issue is examined with reference to its methodological implications and with respect to QOL data on India.


Context Variable Content Variable Context Group Schedule Caste Middle Status 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramkrishna Mukherjee
    • 1
  1. 1.CalcuttaIndia

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