Valuing Freedoms : Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction, Paperback / softback Book

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:
  • Category: Development studies
  • ISBN: 9780199283316



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