Human security and social quality: contrasts and complementaries
AbstractTwo authors who have been leaders of the Â‘social quality approachÂ’ thatemerged in European social policy circles in the 1990s, and two authors whohave worked with the Â‘human developmentÂ’ and Â‘human securityÂ’ approachesthat emerged in international development policy circles in the 1980s and 90s,collaborate in this paper in order to outline and compare the two traditions.The Â‘human developmentÂ’ tradition has focused on the quality of individualhuman lives, understood as influenced by interconnections that transcendconventional disciplinary boundaries; its Â‘human securityÂ’ branch goes deeperinto study of human vulnerability and the textures of daily life. The Â‘socialqualityÂ’ tradition tries to understand individual lives as lived within a societalfabric, to identify and measure key elements of that fabric, and to develop acorrespondingly grounded public policy approach. The paper is a first step in aproject to assess the possible complementarity, in theorising and practicalapplication, of these two streams of work.
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