Between "objective" and "subjective" quality of life measures. Material living standards and individual perception of life in a central Bosnia and Herzegovina area
Parra Saiani, Paolo
Dipartimento di Ricerca sociale Università Cattolica di Milano - Facoltà di Sociologia Milano, Italy
Dipartimento di Ricerca sociale Università del Piemonte Orientale Alessandria, Italy
The lack of congruency between "subjective" and "objective" measures in the quality of life studies has been subject of discussion since long time (Diener e Suh 1997; Easterlin 1995; Oswald 1997; Cantril (1965), Ouweneel e Veenhoven (1991), Diener et. al. (1995), Schyns (1998) and Hagerty and Veenhoven (2003).
The paper will follow this line using data recollected in a survey conducted in the Zavidovici's area (Bosnia Herzegovina), a small rural village which population is characterized by different migration experiences and by an ethnic and religious self identification. 150 women were interviewed using a questionnaire aimed at studying material living standards and subjective satisfaction on life.
Our aim is not to re-open an ancient debate on the theoretical soundness of different type of measures, but to show another occasion in which looking at only one "side of the street" may be a source of misinterpretation.