Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities / Edition 1

Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities / Edition 1

by Martha Nussbaum, Jonathan Glover
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198289642

ISBN-13: 9780198289647

Pub. Date: 01/18/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Women, a majority of the world's population, receive only a small proportion of its opportunities and benefits. According to the 1993 UN Human Development Report, there is no country in the world in which women's quality of life is equal to that of men. This examination of women's quality of life addresses questions which have a particular urgency, and aims to

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Women, a majority of the world's population, receive only a small proportion of its opportunities and benefits. According to the 1993 UN Human Development Report, there is no country in the world in which women's quality of life is equal to that of men. This examination of women's quality of life addresses questions which have a particular urgency, and aims to describe the basic situation of all women. The contributors confront the issue of cultural relativism, criticizing the approach which, in its desire to respect different cultural traditions, can result in indifference to injustice. Gender justice and women's equality is then proposed in various areas in which quality of life is measured. Like its predecessor, The Quality of Life, this volume encourages the reader to think critically about the central fundamental concepts used in development economics, and suggests major criticisms of current economic approaches from that fundamental viewpoint. In addition to scholars of women's and gender studies, this work will be of interest to economists, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198289647
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/18/1996
Series:
WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction1
A Matter of Survival: Women's Right to Employment in India and Bangladesh37
Human Capabilities, Female Human Beings61
Commentator105
The Research Programme of Development Ethics116
Justice, Capabilities, and Vulnerabilities140
Functioning and Capability: The Foundations of Sen's and Nussbaum's Development Ethic153
Pragmatism and Moral Objectivity199
Democracy and Rationality: A Dialogue With Hilary Putnam225
Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community235
Gender Inequality and Theories of Justice259
Inequalities Between the Sexes in Different Cultural Contexts274
Why Not a Feminist Theory of Justice?298
Gender, Caste, and Law332
Emotions and Women's Capabilities360
Commentator396
A Note on the Value of Gender-Identification401
Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism407
Inequality in Capabilities Between Men and Women in Mexico426
Femininity, Equality, and Personhood433
Recovering Igbo Traditions: A Case for Indigenous Women's Organizations in Development444
Index of Names467
Index of Subjects470

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