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

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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: 1/18/1996
  • Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,526,713
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
A Matter of Survival: Women's Right to Employment in India and Bangladesh 37
Human Capabilities, Female Human Beings 61
Commentator 105
The Research Programme of Development Ethics 116
Justice, Capabilities, and Vulnerabilities 140
Functioning and Capability: The Foundations of Sen's and Nussbaum's Development Ethic 153
Pragmatism and Moral Objectivity 199
Democracy and Rationality: A Dialogue With Hilary Putnam 225
Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community 235
Gender Inequality and Theories of Justice 259
Inequalities Between the Sexes in Different Cultural Contexts 274
Why Not a Feminist Theory of Justice? 298
Gender, Caste, and Law 332
Emotions and Women's Capabilities 360
Commentator 396
A Note on the Value of Gender-Identification 401
Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism 407
Inequality in Capabilities Between Men and Women in Mexico 426
Femininity, Equality, and Personhood 433
Recovering Igbo Traditions: A Case for Indigenous Women's Organizations in Development 444
Index of Names 467
Index of Subjects 470
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000


    This is a must read for those who are interested in globalization and its impact upon women. Very interesting and challenging read.

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