Well-Being in Central Asia and the Caucasus

  • P Abbott
  • C Wallace
  • R Sapsford
Keywords: Social Quality Model, Satisfaction with Life, Central Asia, Caucasus, Empowerment

Abstract

This paper deals with four countries that, like Rwanda, suffered economic and social collapse in the early 1990s. It develops a sociologically informed understanding of what influences the well-being of people living in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (Central Asian Republics) and Armenia and Georgia ( the Caucasus), four of the successor states of the Soviet Union. The focus is influences on the experience of well-being and what makes a society liveable for all. The Social Quality approach is used to derive indicators with which to model what makes for a liveable or at least tolerable society, with subjective satisfaction - how people feel about life in general - as the ultimate outcome indicator of individual well-being. Parallels are drawn with the experience of Rwanda and differences pointed out. Keywords: Social Quality Model; Satisfaction with Life; Central Asia; Caucasus; Empowerment

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