Toward A Social Report

A Review Article

by Karl E. Taeuber

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A critical review of a 1969 publication by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The report consists of nine short chapters on health and illness; social mobility; physical environment; income and poverty; public order and safety; learning, science, and art; participation and alienation. The underlying rationale for choice of topics and organization of chapters is a pervasive concern with social indicators, some of which are drawn from the social science literature rather than developed de novo. The reviewer comments at length on two of the chapters, on the brevity (101 pages) of the Report, and on its focus on problems of measurement, concluding that "the Report is best seen as a brief for its own brand of social indicators."

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