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title:3.4 Inter-problem relationships

As indicated above, two main groups of cross-references are provided between problems. These are the conventional broader/narrower group and a group of "functional" cross-references. The process of indicating the initial relationships between problems is in effect an extension, if not an integral part, of the naming process. The hierarchical relationships, even if only first approximations, position the problem with respect to others and confirm the distinction from them. Particular attention was therefore given to the relationships between problems.


title:3.3 Document control and problem description

1. Administration vs. conceptual preoccupations

A fundamental distinction is made between the administrative concern with controlling the flow of documents relating to problems and the conceptual concern with naming such problems (which includes differentiating them from other problems, or merging ill-formed problems with others) and interrelating them.

2. Arbitrary problem numbering


title:Methods Used

This section provides commentaries related to the methods used for World Problems, a section of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Related Sections

  • 3.1 Identification procedure
  • 3.2 Problem naming
  • 3.3 Document control and problem description
  • 3.4 Method: inter-problem relationships
  • 3.5 Method: conceptual processes summarized

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title:2.6 Problem importance

No effort has been made to determine the relative importance of problems for which entries have been included. In this preliminary exercise, effort has been limited to locating problem descriptions and relationships between problems, which would then permit further attention to be given to the question of the relative importance of the problems.

1. Varying importance attached to the same problem


title:2.4 Problem inclusion

1. Tentative positive definitions

(a) Any condition believed to threaten the balanced physical and psycho-social development of the individual in society, whether the threat is directly to his personal well-being, to the values which he upholds, or to features of his environment on which he is dependent.

(b) Any condition believed to cause or constitute social regression or degradation.

(c) Any condition before which society is currently believed to be in some way helpless, because resources cannot be brought to bear upon the problem.



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