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Life satisfaction, positive affect and negative affect are separate aspects of SWB, and accord with different conceptions of QoL. Satisfaction with life as a whole (and with particular domains, such as work, housing and family life) involves an evaluative judgment of how one’s life is faring, which requires making an effort and remembering past experiences. Conversely, positive and negative affect involves measuring the hedonic experiences experienced by people in real time, or shortly after these experiences have occurred.

On the other hand, however, our thoughts turn in the direction recently taken by the debate on the qualculative sphere, in the article by Callon and Law quoted above. From Callon and Law’s theoretical perspective, the issue is not merely the fact that, in contemporary calculative scenarios, ‘spaces’ of incalculability are bound to constantly emerge (to become the subject of new calculative operations, which result in the emergence of new areas of incalculability). Instead, what is more specifically at issue is the co-othering relationship between the dimension of the calculable and that of the incalculable.

In other words, it should be acknowledged as an open process that requires the active role of local actors ‘under certain conditions of public discussion’ and involves the ‘development of knowledge and of the capacities of action and initiative of each of the participants (individuals, administrations, organizations)’ (Ibidem, p. 243). 40 Calculating the Human The issue of the politicization of quality measurement takes on a distinctive tone and meaning within the perspective of the actornetwork oriented studies.

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