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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Quality of Life, Gender and Globalization: Is Quality of Life Gender and Culture Neutral?

Liz Eckermann.

The paper addresses the implications of the apparent McDonaldization of social and cultural capital and the blurring of boundaries between the private and the public for current understandings of quality of life. Pusey (1998) points to the negative impact of globalization of economic rationalism on both objective and subjective aspects of quality of life and wellbeing. Are there also positive aspects of globalization? Have global internet communication, the concept of world citizenship, global NGOs, education without borders, and global resistance and environmental movements improved quality of life globally or are understandings of "a good life" so fragmented along gender, national, cultural, generational, class and religious lines as to make the concept of global quality of life redundant? The paper reviews current research on quality of life to attempt to answer these questions


Liz Eckermann  (Australia)
Associate Dean Research: Arts
Arts Faculty
Deakin University

Associate professor in medical sociology at Deakin University, consultant to the World Health Organization on gender and health and domestic violence. Research and publications on gender and health.

  • Quality of life
  • Gender difference
  • Globalization

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)