Valuing Freedoms: Sens Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

Paperback | March 17, 2005

bySabina Alkire

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Friendship, knowledge of foreign groups, the ability to purchase milk and shoes, the scent of summer roses: of what interest is this type of information to economists? 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 Oxfamactivities in Pakistan---goat-rearing, female literacy, and rose cultivation---illustrate this novel approach. Valuing Freedoms will be of considerable interest to economists, philosophers, development practitioners, and theologians, as well as to followers of Sen's work.

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Friendship, knowledge of foreign groups, the ability to purchase milk and shoes, the scent of summer roses: of what interest is this type of information to economists? 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...

Sabina Alkire is currently a researcher with the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University. Previously she has worked for the Commission on Human Security, coordinated the culture-poverty learning and research initiative at the World Bank, and developed participatory impact assessment methodologies with Oxfam and the Asia Foundatio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:March 17, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199283311

ISBN - 13:9780199283316

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION: CAPABILITY AND VALUATION2. POVERTY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3. RANGE INFORMATION AND PROCESS4. PARTICIPATION AND CULTURE5. BASIC NEEDS AND BASIC CAPABILITIES6. ASSESSING CAPABILITY CHANGE7. THREE CASE STUDIES

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`"This is an ambitious and challenging book."'Scott A. Anderson, Ethics, April 2003