Philip Seed, with assistance from Greg Lloyd, has written a vital book which wrestles with some of the complexity of thoughts that quality of life evokes and which should be essential reading for all in the social care field. Not only do the authors explore how quality of life impinges on regional planning, housing, leisure provision, health and personal social services, for example; they also venture into an examination of how it can be measured. Their book is a challenging read, but necessary for those concerned with the ethical basis on which our social services are built.
Issues in Social Work Education
Seed and Lloyd blend their thinking around quality of life into much broader areas than social care. The result is a pot pourri of discussion which may evoke a variety of reactions....this is not a 'cookbook' for quality of life measures and scales, but rather a wider reflection of ideas and social processes.
The British Journal of Developmental Disabilities
The examples set the discussion firmly in the contemporary period and allow the reader to shuttle between the individual and society, the specific and the general and across disciplines.
As the authors quite rightly conclude, the phrase `quality of life' has many different aspects and dimensions. Their success lies in brilliantly achieving the task they set out to achieve, namely helping the professionals and the general reader to make the subject links in areas where links are not normally made. This book as a result will be a valued addition to many people's bookshelves.' '[This book] is a refreshing read, lucidly written and of universal application through its wide-ranging and detailed exploration of the subject matter. [It is] of major credit to the authors that they present the reader with a very helpful framework for comprehending and measuring the concept both from an individual as well as a community perspective. [It is] a thoroughly readable book which will appeal to social workers, community care planners, and housing officials in particular. Their success lies in brilliantly… achieving the task they set out to achieve, namely helping the professionals and the general reader to make the links in areas where links are not normally made. This book as a result will be a valued addition to many people's bookshelves.