Quality of Life in South Africa

  • Valerie Møller

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 1)

About this book


South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy has gained it world recognition. This book gives a frank report on contemporary South African society and the challenges which the new nation faces. Sixteen social scientists, experts in fields as wide-ranging as economics, politics, and development planning, have compiled a social report on South Africa two years into democracy.
The volume covers critical concerns which impact on the well-being of the average South African.
The dozen chapters in the book present facts and figures as well as in-depth commentary on social issues which South Africa must address. The authors discuss the legacies of the past, including poverty and social inequality; problems of transition ranging from trauma to crime; and the hopes for the future which lie in economic growth and development, a deeper understanding of democracy, and a healthy dose of optimism.
The book draws on information from a wide variety of sources including government statistics, independent social surveys, community research, and opinion polls. This rich data weaves a tapestry of the quality of life in South Africa for Africa watchers and the general public.


Economic Growth Evaluation Nation economics growth politics poverty quality of life social indicators social inequality statistics well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Valerie Møller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NatalSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7162-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1479-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
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