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North American Social Report

A Comparative Study of the Quality of Life in Canada and the USA from 1964 to 1974. Volume I: Foundations, Population, and Health

  • Alex C. Michalos

Part of the Social Indicators Research Programmes book series (SSIR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 1-31
  3. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 32-126
  4. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 127-269
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book

Introduction

It would have been nice to have been able to write this book with the style of Mailer, the wit of Shaw, the breadth of Myrdal and the zeal of Nader. It would also have been miraculous. Rest assured there are no miracles here. On the contrary, the work in your hands undoubtedly bears all the marks of imperfect human design. It's too long for one book, but probably too short for the story to be told. It's not the sort of book one can hope to fmish, even in five volumes. There is always one more table one might squeeze in, one more column or row, an illustrative chart or figure, another important refer­ ence to check, something dangling here or there that nags one to fiddle with it, wrap it up, tie it down, and so on. All one can do, I think, is put up with the nagging and press on. I can't imagine anyone making so many factual claims and evaluative judgments, and putting together so many numbers in so many different areas without making dozens of mistakes. I can't imagine anyone working with national statistics and not having plenty of mistakes made for him. As I look back on it now, it's hard to imagine anyone being naive enough (bold enough has a better ring to it) to take on the task of writing a book like this in the first place. Of course, I had Myrdal's great An American Dilemma to encourage me.

Keywords

Design Nation Sex migration quality of life social indicators statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex C. Michalos
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphOntarioCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8975-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1058-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8975-7
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