Inequality Reexamined

Inequality Reexamined

by Amartya Sen
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Inequality Reexamined

In this deft analysis, Amartya Sen argues that the dictum "all men are created equal" serves largely to deflect attention from the fact that we differ in age, gender, talents, physical abilities as well as in material advantages and social background. He argues for concentrating on higher and more basic values: individual capabilities and freedom to achieve objectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674452565
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Series: Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 872,932
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Questions and Themes

1. Equality of What?

1.1 Why Equality? What Equality?

1.2 Impartiality and Equality

1.3 Human Diversity and Basal Equality

1.4 Equality versus Liberty?

1.5 Plurality and Alleged Emptiness

1.6 Means and Freedoms

1.7 Income Distribution, Well-Being and Freedom

2. Freedom, Achievement and Resources

2.1 Freedom and Choice

2.2 Real Income, Opportunities and Selection

2.3 Freedom Distinguished from Resources

3. Functionings and Capability

3.1 Capability Sets

3.2 Value Objects and Evaluative Spaces

3.3 Selection and Weighting

3.4 Incompleteness: Fundamental and Pragmatic

3.5 Capability or Functionings?

3.6 Utility vis-ˆ-vis Capability

4. Freedom, Agency and Well-Being

4.1 Well-Being vis-à-vis Agency

4.2 Agency, Instrumentality and Realization

4.3 Can Freedom Conflict with Well-Being?

4.4 Freedom and Disadvantageous Choices

4.5 Control and Effective Freedom

4.6 Freedom from Hunger, Malaria and Other Maladies

4.7 The Relevance of Well-Being

5. Justice and Capability

5.1 The Informational Bases of Justice

5.2 Rawlsian Justice and the Political Conception

5.3 Primary Goods and Capabilities

5.4 Diversities: Ends and Personal Characteristics

6. Welfare Economics and Inequality

6.1 Space Choice and Evaluative Purpose

6.2 Shortfalls, Attainments and Potentials

6.3 Inequality, Welfare and Justice

6.4 Welfare-Based Inequality Evaluation

7. Poverty and Affluence

7.1 Inequality and Poverty

7.2 The Nature of Poverty

7.3 Lowness vis-à-vis Inadequacy of Incomes

7.4 Do Concepts Matter?

7.5 Poverty in Rich Countries

8. Class, Gender and Other Groups

8.1 Class and Classification

8.2 Gender and Inequality

8.3 Interregional Contrasts

9. The Demands Of Equality

9.1 Questions of Equality

9.2 Equality, Space and Diversity

9.3 Plurality, Incompleteness and Evaluation

9.4 Data, Observations and Effective Freedoms

9.5 Aggregation, Egalitarianism and Efficiency

9.6 Alternative Defences of Inequality

9.7 Incentives, Diversity and Egalitarianism

9.8 On Equality as a Social Concern

9.9 Responsibility and Fairness

9.10 Capability, Freedom and Motivations


Index of Names

Index of Subjects

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