The Role of Context and Culture in Quality of Life Studies

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 55)


Culture endures forms in which practices and specific belief systems are implied in social relations and experienced within them. The inclusion of culture by the social actors, leads to the question of identity, regarded as a set of internalized cultural repertoires through which social actors symbolically outline their borders, thus differentiating themselves from the rest of the social actors, in socially structured and historically specific contexts. On the other hand we presume, like that quality of life is a multidimensional phenomenon which involves a variety of elements that refer to human needs whose satisfaction requires material and immaterial elements. Likewise, we believe that the objective and subjective dimensions of life are distinct entities and that people carry out a positive or negative assessment of their life experiences according to what they consider to be good, their conception of it, and of everything that occurs in a specific cultural background, in space and time, the notions of well-being have cultural roots. Considering the above mentioned, this chapter focuses on the notion of culture, the research on the relationship between culture and quality of life, and the impact of culture on the qualitative researcher.


Culture Context Relationship culture-quality of life Impact in the researcher 



I am particularly thankful to Drs. Carmen Dragonetti and Fernando Tola for anticipating all discussions on culture, its diversities, and the position of researchers about it, making of contemporary dialogue with others their starting point for the interpretation of other cultural contexts. Their teachings excel academic level and allow us a return to life with higher knowledge, greater pleasure, and huge pride in been their student.

I am, further, very thankful for the generous contributions made by Cecilia Onaha, Sergio Hernández Galindo, Eugenia Arduino, Irene Cafiero, Miguel Marlaire and Vilma Carrizo de Hadat.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNICOM, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad Nacional de Lomas de ZamoraLomas de ZamoraArgentina
  2. 2.CICS, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad de Palermo, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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