Social Indicators Research

, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 1035–1038 | Cite as

Societal Transformations and Their Implications for Social Indicators Research: Comments on “Fifty Years After the Social Indicators Movement: Has the Promise Been Fulfilled?” of K. Land and A. Michalos



The paper discusses Kenneth C. Land and Alex C. Michalos’ review and assessment of the evolution of research on social indicators, quality of life and well-being over the past fifty years. The contribution deals with the impacts of three major societal changes on the future research agenda of social indicators research: firstly, impacts of the changing class structure of post-industrial society, secondly, globalization impacts, including its economic, political, cultural and institutional dimensions, and thirdly, the impacts of an increasingly networked digitalization of production and consumption.


Social indicators research Social change Tertiarization Globalization Digitalization Social media Post-industrial societies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociological InstituteUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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