Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

by Sabina Alkire
     
 

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Sabina Alkire shows how Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen's capability approach can be coherently—and practically—put to work in poverty reduction activities. Sen argues that economic development should expand "valuable" freedoms. Alkire probes how we identify what is valuable. Foundational issues are addressed critically—dimensions

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Sabina Alkire shows how Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen's capability approach can be coherently—and practically—put to work in poverty reduction activities. Sen argues that economic development should expand "valuable" freedoms. Alkire probes how we identify what is valuable. Foundational issues are addressed critically—dimensions of development, practical reason, culture, basic needs—drawing on Thomist authors who give central place to authentic participation. A participatory procedure for identifying capability change is then developed. Case studies of three Oxfam activities in Pakistan—goat-rearing, female literacy, and rose cultivation—illustrate this novel approach.

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"Sabina Alkire has written an insightful, ambitious and stimulating book on Amartya Sen's capability approach and poverty reductions. Illustrates nicely how philosophical reasoning may influence practical choices." - IDEA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199283316
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2005
Series:
Queen Elizabeth House Series in Development Studies Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sabina Alkire coordinates a research and learning programme on Culture and Poverty in the Poverty Group at the World Bank. She is also a deacon in the Anglican Church.

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