Valuing Freedoms : Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction Paperback / softback
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 participatoryprocedure 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.
Valuing Freedoms will be of considerable interest to economists, philosophers, development practitioners, and theologians, as well as to followers of Sen's work.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 352 pages, numerous tables
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/03/2005
- Category: Development studies
- ISBN: 9780199283316