This authoritative work is a critical commentary on the all-inclusive notion of the quality of life. The author examines the methods used by the two perspectives of quality of life research: social indicators research which considers the elites' valuation of what the people need, and conventional quality of life research which studies what people want, in order to improve their quality of life. These two approaches are normally considered separately. Mukherjee outlines a programme for future research and formulates a new methodology which synchronizes these two perspectives and removes the constraints facing quality of life research. The suggested methodology is illustrated by two field surveys.